indebtedness

noun

in·​debt·​ed·​ness in-ˈde-təd-nəs How to pronounce indebtedness (audio)
1
: the condition of being indebted
2
: something (such as an amount of money) that is owed

Examples of indebtedness in a Sentence

his total indebtedness exceeded a year's income
Recent Examples on the Web The company is racing to reduce its debt load in the face of rapidly falling prices that have increased its relative indebtedness. Jack Sidders, Fortune Europe, 12 Mar. 2024 Experiential spending is more important to younger generations, and likely behind part of their growing indebtedness. Byalicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 11 July 2023 An remarkable facet of the rise of indebtedness is that it is correlated with other ‘crises’. Mike O'Sullivan, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 Negative indebtedness is the feeling of obligation to return the favor, to pay a debt. Samantha Laine Perfas, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 Some of Diamond’s debt holders have committed to offer $450 million in debtor-in-possession financing that will support the reorganization and repay $350 million in existing first lien indebtedness. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 17 Jan. 2024 Was confess my wariness over assuming that much indebtedness to him or anybody else. Mitchell S. Jackson, New York Times, 20 Dec. 2023 Some environmental groups, including Greenpeace, have criticized the approach to tackling developing nations’ indebtedness and say the deals don’t provide sufficient benefit to justify the fees paid to the banks involved in the deals. Will Horner, WSJ, 15 Aug. 2023 That type of indebtedness can be harmful to relationships. Samantha Laine Perfas, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of indebtedness was in 1647

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“Indebtedness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indebtedness. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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indebtedness

noun
in·​debt·​ed·​ness
1
: the condition of being indebted
2
: something that is owed

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