accounts payable


Money which a company owes to vendors for products and services purchased on credit. This item appears on the company's balance sheet as a current liability, since the expectation is that the liability will be fulfilled in less than a year. When accounts payable are paid off, it represents a negative cash flow for the company.

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The company would be forced to file for bankruptcy if they did not find some way to get some more funds to dedicate to accounts payable, as creditors were closing in.

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I wondered what our accounts payable were because we purchased a lot of stuff on credit and needed to pay it off.

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When my company bought a large amount of steel without telling me, I only learned about it when I saw it show up in the list of companies we owed money to as part of our accounts payable.

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