Fine Print


Fine Print

Contract terms and conditions, disclosures or other important information that are not included in the main body of a document, but in footnotes or a supplemental document. Reading and understanding the fine print is essential when entering into an agreement. It often contains information that the issuer does not want to call to the recipient's attention, but that is essential for the recipient to know.

The information in the fine print may be required by law or may be recommended by a company's legal department. For example, the fine print of a credit card agreement might include: the card's introductory APR, the APR after the introductory period ends, the length of the introductory period, the APR for balance transfers and cash advances, the card's annual fee, its late payment fee and other crucial details. As another example, if an investor was reading a public company's financial report, he or she might have to read the fine print to learn about the company's accounting methods, long-term debt, employee stock ownership, pending litigation and other issues.


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  • fine print — fine print, adj. /fuyn/ 1. printed matter in small sized type. 2. the detailed wording of a contract, lease, insurance policy, or the like, often set in type smaller than the main body of the document and including general restrictions or… …   Universalium

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  • fine print — n [U] ↑small print …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fine print — noun uncount important details of an agreement that are usually printed in very small letters: SMALL PRINT …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fine print — n. 1. a section of a document, as a contract, warranty, or advertisement, in smaller print than the main body: although it includes additional conditions, limits, etc., this section may not be read carefully because it is typically terse or in… …   English World dictionary

  • Fine print — This article is about small size of text. For other uses, see Fine print (disambiguation). Fine print, small print, or mouseprint is less noticeable print smaller than the more obvious larger print it accompanies that advertises or otherwise… …   Wikipedia

  • fine print — noun 1. the part of a contract that contains reservations and qualifications that are often printed in small type don t sign a contract without reading the fine print • Syn: ↑small print • Hypernyms: ↑reservation, ↑qualification • Part Holonyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fine print — /faɪn ˈprɪnt/ (say fuyn print) noun the small print in a contract, etc., establishing conditions and matters of detail: *The Blues overcame the salary cap problem by examining the fine print and planning accordingly. –herald, 1987 …   Australian English dictionary

  • fine print — noun The details, restrictions, terms, or conditions, especially of a contract, often printed in very small type. Before signing up for such an offer, be sure to read the fine print carefully. Syn: small print …   Wiktionary


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