# indebtedness

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noun in·debt·ed·ness \in-ˈde-təd-nəs\

## Definition of indebtedness

1. 1 :  the condition of being indebted

2. 2 :  something (such as an amount of money) that is owed

## Examples of indebtedness in a Sentence

1. his total indebtedness exceeded a year's income

## Recent Examples of indebtedness from the Web

• The percentage has been rising gradually in recent years — no surprise, given the general indebtedness of many Americans.
• The scores use five factors to determine a person's creditworthiness: payment history, current level of indebtedness, types of credit used, length of credit history, and new credit accounts.
• The central bank also distinguishes household indebtedness from the housing market, which allows it to worry less about rising home prices that are driven by factors such as population growth or supply constraints, as opposed to debt accumulation.
• The island territory has a total indebtedness of $74 billion in bond debt and$49 billion in unfunded pension obligations.
• However, the resilience of household balance sheets, and consequently bank portfolios, to a serious economic downturn has not been tested at these levels of private sector indebtedness.
• There are notes of indebtedness, memos to merchants, and a reckoning of an account for beer.
• Maybe the Fed needs extra tools — to impose limits on indebtedness, for instance, or to adjust monetary policy to serve measures of financial stability.
• The gravest threats include the flight of classified advertisers, the deterioration of retail advertising and the indebtedness of newspaper owners.

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## First Known Use of indebtedness

1647

1. Spanish Central: Translation of indebtedness

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