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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
Johnson’s Last Jedi was explicitly about not being beholden to the rules of the past.
But the young activists say rallies won't matter unless that energy is funneled into voting out lawmakers beholden to the National Rifle Association this November.
McCain noticed that there was an opening at the center, a vacuum to be filled by a leader beholden to neither party, a Ross Perot without the eccentricities.
The stations were independently operated but beholden to follow rules handed down by BP, according to the Appeals Court decision.
Samsung’s superior hardware Qualcomm isn't investing in smart watches, and with a near monopoly on the SoC market, anyone beholden to Qualcomm's lineup is not going to be able to produce a competitive smartwatch.
Power is diffuse — the rise of globalism and regionalism and, its equal and opposite reaction, nativism, compounded by corporations beholden to no state, non-state actors with no morality, and mass movements with no leaders.
It’s much like the baker being totally beholden to a flour supplier that raises its prices every time donuts are on the verge of being profitable.
Parts of the country remain beholden to local strongmen.
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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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