Stop Payment

DEFINITION of 'Stop Payment'

A request made to a financial institution to cancel a check or payment that has not been processed yet. A stop payment order is issued by the account holder, and can only be enacted if the check or payment has not already been processed by the recipient.

BREAKING DOWN 'Stop Payment'

Issuing a stop payment order often costs the bank account holder a fee, which is levied by the financial institution. There are several reasons that a stop payment order may be requested. For example, the account holder may have sent a check for the wrong amount, or may have canceled a purchase after having put the check in the mail.

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