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A monetary amount that is subtracted from an account balance. A debit from one account is a credit to another. See credit.



the left side of bookkeeping accounts. All economic operations are recorded as a debit in one account and as a credit in another. In active accounts, debit designates an increase in recorded sums; in passive accounts, it designates a decrease. Thus, in active property accounts, which serve as a record of the movement of commercial-material values, a debit shows the value of goods on hand at the beginning of the year and the receipt of goods during the reporting year. In active settlement accounts, debit refers to the payments due from debtors at the beginning of the year and their increase during the course of the year; in passive settlement accounts. it is the settling of debts owed to creditors.

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With many underserved communities dependent on check-cashing stores for their banking needs, prepaid debit cards are a viable alternative, according to Harvey Rosenfield, president of Santa Monica-based The Foundation for Taxpayer & Consumer Rights.
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A lot of consumers out there don't know about the dangers of debit cards,'' said Angie Farleigh, spokeswoman for the Mar Vista-based consumer group.