in·​debt·​ed·​ness | \ in-ˈde-təd-nəs \

Definition of indebtedness

1 : the condition of being indebted
2 : something (such as an amount of money) that is owed

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Examples of indebtedness in a Sentence

his total indebtedness exceeded a year's income

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That has raised concerns the country’s growing indebtedness is allowing Beijing to further expand its influence in the Pacific. WSJ, "As Gas Boom Falters in Papua New Guinea, China Steps In," 11 Aug. 2018 Fresh economic data darkened the picture, with U.S. industrial output for October coming in below analysts’ expectations and household indebtedness climbing, according to the Federal Reserve. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Post Weekly Loss in Volatile Trading," 16 Nov. 2018 Getting upset about levels of corporate indebtedness in and of themselves can be misleading. David J. Lynch, The Seattle Times, "Global debt soars, along with fears of crisis ahead," 4 Sep. 2018 If approved, these district corporations could build infrastructure and facilities; acquire property, including parkland; operate transit services, enter contracts, and incur indebtedness., "Should Massachusetts allow cities and towns to create Community Benefit Districts?," 13 July 2018 Disputes in the South China Sea, the perception that China does not always follow through on its infrastructure promises, and the specter of indebtedness as countries struggle to repay mounting debts to Beijing. Jason Koutsoukis,, "China Spends Big to Win Friends and Influence Across East Asia," 27 June 2018 Rising indebtedness has been accompanied by looser lending standards, leading to a surge in high-risk lending, the central bank said, a large share of which is being parceled into securitized assets sold to investors world-wide. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "BOE Warns of Growing Risks in Global Debt Markets," 27 June 2018 The Riksbank at the end of May said high household indebtedness was making the Swedish financial system vulnerable. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "Global Week Ahead: U.S. Employment Report; Australian, Swedish Policy Meetings," 1 July 2018 The world economy is enjoying the fastest and broadest expansion in years, though risks remain amid early signs of a potential trade war, the specter of tighter financial conditions as well as increased public and private indebtedness., "Lagarde Says Trade Spat May Dent Business Confidence," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of indebtedness

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of indebtedness was in 1647

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