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Definition: Backorder


Quick Summary of Backorder

A retailer’s order for a product that is temporarily out of stock with the supplier.

What is the dictionary definition of Backorder?

Dictionary Definition

An order that cannot be currently filled or shipped, but is requested nonetheless for when the item becomes available again.

Full Definition of Backorder

A customer order that cannot be filled when presented, and for which the customer is prepared to wait for some time. The percentage of items back-ordered and the number of backorder days are important measures of the quality of a company’s customer service and the effectiveness of its inventory management.

Examples of Backorder in a sentence

I bought the domain by backorder in the hopes that it may become available in the future.

Synonyms For Backorder

out of stock, stock-out, out-of-stock, back order, used up

Cite Term

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Backorder. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd.
May 28, 2023
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Backorder. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: May 28, 2023).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Backorder. Retrieved May 28, 2023
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Backorder are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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