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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
The second thing is not being beholden to any existing brand notions.
So the congressmen and senators beholden to them don't want that.
Those who subscribe to the spatial model acknowledge that this prediction doesn’t bear out: Real-life political parties are beholden to interest groups, donors, and hyperpartisan activists who inhibit their capacity to court the median voter.
But the nation, like Sang, is changing tact and embracing sustainability—no longer beholden to the singular tenet of growth at any cost.
But maybe the restaurant’s clientele, not beholden to (or even aware of!) tradition, bristles at buying meat by the pound and demands plated dishes.
The Outlaw Music Festival’s bill is, however, no more beholden to outlaw country than to a strict definition of what an outlaw is.
Not all Medicaid populations are beholden to the cap under the Senate bill.
To all Americans, and especially Trump supporters: Heed Karem's statement, and, furthermore, remember this: Journalism is beholden, first and foremost, to citizens.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of beholden
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
BEHOLDEN Defined for Kids
Definition of beholden for Students
- I'm not beholden to anyone for my success.
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