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Credit Card Glossary: Terms and Definitions

Confused by credit card terms?'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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Joint and several liability

This comes into play when there are multiple parties that are held responsible for a debt. Under "joint and several liability," the creditor can approach any of the responsible parties for the entire amount owed -- rather than collect a piece of what's owed from each individual party. The party that pays the full amount owed can then seek a contribution from the other responsible parties, though the others are not obligated to help.