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To refuse to accept or pay a draft or to pay a promissory note when duly presented. An instrument is dishonored when a necessary or optional presentment is made and due acceptance or payment is refused, or cannot be obtained within the prescribed time, or in case of bank collections, the instrument is seasonably returned by the midnight deadline; or presentment is excused and the instrument is not duly accepted or paid. Includes the insurer of a letter of credit refusing to pay or accept a draft or demand for payment.

As respects the flag, to deface or defile, imputing a lively sense of shaming or an equivalent acquiescent callousness.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


v. to refuse to pay the face amount of a check or the amount due on a promissory note.

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TO DISHONOR, contr. This term is applied to the nonfulfillment of commercial engagements. To dishonor a bill of exchange, or a promissory note, is to refuse or neglect to pay it at maturity.
     2. The holder is bound to give notice to the parties to such instrument of its dishonor, and his laches will discharge the indorsers. Chit. on Bills, 394, 395, 256 to 278.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Pursuant to your first query, it may be noted that in accordance with the prevailing laws of the UAE, the drawer of the cheque may be subject to penalties if he/she had issued the cheque in bad faith and it was dishonoured, owing to insufficiency of funds, or withdrawal of necessary funds from the corresponding account by the drawee, or any such other act which prevents the cheque from being cashed.
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The dead cannot be dishonoured. They belong to God.
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Summary: Dishonour of a cheque due to insufficient funds is a criminal offence.
Those who dishonour Masajid meant for the worship of Allah alone, are in reality the enemies of Muslim ummah and the religion of Islam.
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