negative pledge

Noun.  (finance) A type of loan or loan condition in which the borrower agrees with the lender not to allow any other lender or creditor to rank ahead for payment in the event of a liquidation. Such a loan is unsecured (ie. not backed by a charge over specific assets). Hailed as a great innovation when developed in the 1970s, but by the end of the 1980s had become a dirty word.

This is an unmodified, but possibly outdated, definition from Wiktionary and used here under the Creative Commons license. Wiktionary is a great resource. If you like it too, please donate to Wikimedia.

This entry was last updated on RefTopia from its source on 3/20/2012.