check n
1: something that limits or restrains see also checks and balances
2: a written order signed by its maker directing a bank to pay a specified sum to a named person or to that person's order on demand see also negotiable instrument compare draft
bank check: a check drawn by a bank on its deposits in another bank
ca·shier's check: a check drawn by a bank on its own funds and signed by the cashier or another bank official
certified check: a check certified to be good by the bank upon which it is drawn by the signature of usu. the cashier or paying teller with the word certified or accepted across the face of the check
NSF check [N ot S ufficient F unds]: a check drawn on an account with insufficient funds from which to make payment

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (bar) noun abeyance, arrest, barricade, barrier, block, blockage, cessation, checkmate, control, curb, damper, deadlock, deadstop, delay, detainment, detention, disruption, drawback, embargo, estoppel, foil, frustration, full stop, halt, hindrance, impediment, impedimentum, impedition, injunction, interference, interruption, limitation, mora, obstacle, obstruction, opposition, preclusion, prohibition, proscription, rebuff, regulation, rejection, restraint, restriction, retardation, retardment, standstill, stop, stoppage, stopper, suspension, trammel II (instrument) noun bank paper, banknote, bill, bill of exchange, certificate, commercial instrument, commercial paper, debenture, draft, fiduciary currency, money order, negotiable paper, note, order on a bank, paper money, security, sight draft, treasury note associated concepts: acceptance of a check, altered check, bad check, bank check, bearer check, bill of exchange, cashier's check, certified check, check payable on demand, conditional check, conversion of a check, delivery of a check, deposit of a check, dishonored check, drawee, drawer, endorsed check, endorsement, forged check, holder in due course of a check, insufficient funds, order check, pay check, payee, payment of a check, postdated check, presentment of a check, registered check, time check, unauthorized endorsement, worthless check III (inspect) verb audit, balance accounts, canvass, case, check up, examine, experiment, explore, go over, inquire into, inventory, investigate, keep watch, look for flaws, look into, look over, make a reconnaissance, make a trial run, monitor, observe, overhaul, overlook, oversee, peruse, probe, query, question, quiz, reconnoiter, reexamine, regard carefully, regulate, review, run checks on, run tests on, sample, scan, scrutinize, search into, see about, study, subject to scrutiny, superintend, supervise, survey, take stock, test, try, verify, watch IV (restrain) verb abate, adjust, arrest, attemper, bate, block, bring to a standstill, call a halt, cause a stoppage, constrain, control, countercheck, curb, cut off, delay, detain, deter, diminish, discourage, dissuade, draw rein, encumber, estop, freeze, frustrate, halt, head off, hinder, hold in check, impair, impede, impedite, inhibit, intercept, interrupt, intervene, keep back, keep under control, lay under restraint, limit, obstruct, overpower, put a restraint upon, put a stop to, put an end to, put under restraint, restrain, restrict, retard, run counter, set back, slow, slow down, stalemate, stand in the way, stem, stop, stultify, suppress, thwart, undermine V index abeyance, allay, alleviate, arrest (stop), assuage, audit, avert, balk, ban, barrier, bill (invoice), bind (restrain), block, cease, cloture, collation, concern (care), condemn (ban), constrain (restrain), constrict (inhibit), contain (restrain), control (restriction), control (regulate), countervail, coupon, cross-examine, curb, damper (stopper), deadlock, debar, desist, detain (restrain), deter, deterrence, disadvantage (noun), disadvantage (verb), discipline (control), discontinue (abandon), discontinue (break continuity), disincentive, disqualify, draft, ensure, examination (study), examine (study), fetter (noun), fetter (verb), foil, forbid, forestall, frisk, frustrate, halt (noun), halt (verb), hamper, heed, hinder, hindrance, hold up (delay), impasse, impede, impediment, indagation, inhibit, interdict, interfere, interrupt, interruption, keep (restrain), kill (defeat), lessen, limit, lock, mitigate, moderate (temper), modify (moderate), mollification, mollify, monitor, note (written promise to pay), observation, obstacle, obstruct, obstruction, obviation, occlude, palliate (abate), peruse, police, preclude, prevent, prohibit, prohibition, quit (discontinue), quota, rebuff (noun), rebuff (verb), refrain, remission, remit (relax), repel (drive back), repress, repulse, resist (oppose), resistance, restrain, restraint, restrict, restriction, reversal, scrutinize, stall, stave, stay, stay (halt), stifle, stop, strangle, suppress, suspend, test, thwart, toll (stop), trammel, trial (experiment), verify (confirm), withhold, withstand

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Examine; verify.
A document indicating that the amount of money noted on it is to be drawn from the writer’s bank account when it is presented to the bank.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

A draft upon a particular account in a bank, in which the drawer or maker (the person who has the account and signs the check) directs the bank to pay a certain amount to the payee. (See also: negotiable instrument)
Category: Personal Finance & Retirement
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. A draft signed by a person (the drawer or maker) that directs a bank (the drawee) to pay on demand and without conditions, a specific sum of money to another person (the payee). Usually the funds are withdrawn from an account or a deposit that the drawer or maker has with the bank. Also called cheque.
@ bad check
A check that is not honored by a drawee bank because it is forged, the account it is drawn on has insufficient funds or does not exist, or the check is in some other way defective.
See also check kiting.
=>> check.
@ canceled check
A check with a notation (for example, the word "paid") on it made by the drawee bank that indicates that the check has been paid.
=>> check.
@ cashiers check
@ cashier's check
A check drawn by a bank upon its own account rather than that of an individual depositor and made payable to another person, to the same bank, or to a different branch of the same bank.
=>> check.
@ certified check
A check with a certification or notation written upon it (for example, the word "certified"), indicating that the drawee bank has set aside sufficient funds from the drawer's or maker's deposit to guarantee payment of the check on demand.
=>> check.
@ NSF check
@ not sufficient funds check
NSF check abbr., =>> not sufficient funds check. A check that a drawee bank may not pay because the drawer has insufficient funds on deposit to cover it when it is presented for payment.
See also check kiting.
=>> check.
@ raised check
A check whose face amount has been increased. Unless done with the agreement of the drawer or maker, the charge constitutes a material alteration and discharges the drawer or maker, as well as the drawee bank, from paying any amount on the check.
=>> check.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A written order instructing a bank to pay upon its presentation to the person designated in it, or to the person possessing it, a certain sum of money from the account of the person who draws it.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A written order instructing a bank to pay upon its presentation to the person designated in it, or to the person possessing it, a certain sum of money from the account of the person who draws it.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   a draft upon a particular account in a bank, in which the drawer or maker (the person who has the account and signs the check) directs the bank to pay a certain amount to the payee (which may include the drawer, "cash," or someone else). Other checks include cashier's checks issued by the bank for a sum paid to the bank, and certified checks in which the bank sets aside an amount from the maker's bank account and then guarantees the check can be cashed immediately.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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