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Examples of beholden in a Sentence
not wanting to be beholden to anyone, he insisted on paying his own way
Recent Examples of beholden from the Web
But these moral tales feel almost foreign to modern-day Star Trek, which feels more beholden to plot twists and CGI spectacle.
But Germany imports just 9 percent of all of its energy, which undercuts Trump’s claim that Germany will somehow be beholden to Moscow.
López Obrador has called for an independent federal prosecutor, who would not be beholden to political interests.
But their blossoming relationship doesn't mean North Korea is beholden to its much bigger neighbor, said John Delury, associate professor at Seoul's Yonsei University.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is not beholden to line up with historical record, nor to current concerns of men harassing and abusing women, but audiences and critics need to be more skeptical in such a fraught time.
The only people in the U.S. who believe that Trump is honest and pure of heart are too deeply beholden to his cult of personality to change their minds in the wake of any scandal.
But Jordan is too beholden to romantic fantasy to accept compromised reality.
Johnson’s Last Jedi was explicitly about not being beholden to the rules of the past.
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Did You Know?
Have you ever found yourself under obligation to someone else for a gift or favor? It's a common experience, and, not surprisingly, many of the words describing this condition have been part of the English language for centuries. "Beholden" was first recorded in writing in the 14th century, in the poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." "Indebted," which entered English through Anglo-French, is even older, first appearing in the 13th century. English speakers in the 14th century would also have had another synonym of "beholden" to choose from, a now-obsolete sense of "bounden," which today means "made obligatory" or "binding."
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