Pronunciation: (rīt'ôf", -of"), [key]
1. a cancellation from the accounts as a loss.
2. an uncollectable account.
3. a reduction in book value; depreciation.
4. Informal.a person or thing that is given up as hopeless or pointless: Joe's college career is a write-off.
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