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DEFINITION of 'Backdating'

Dating any document by a date earlier than the one on which the document was originally drawn up. Under most circumstances, backdating is seen as fraudulent and illegal, although there are some situations in which backdating can be used in a legal and beneficial way, such as backdating a claim for a past period.

BREAKING DOWN 'Backdating'

Sometimes certain claims (such as insurance claims) can be backdated if the could not be completed at an earlier date, although there must be good reason for neglecting to claim in advance. If your backdated claim is approved, you will be able to receive benefits from a certain date in the past.

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