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Credit Card Glossary: Terms and Definitions

Confused by credit card terms? CreditCards.com's glossary of credit card definitions will help. From account holder to Regulation Z, we have defined the most-common and most-confusing credit card terms.


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Default
To default is to fail to make a payment on a debt by the due date. If this happens with a credit card, creditors might raise interest rates to the default (or penalty rate) or decrease the line of credit. In case of serious delinquency, the card issuer can even take legal action to enforce payment or to garnish wages.