indebtedness

noun
in·​debt·​ed·​ness | \ in-ˈde-təd-nəs How to pronounce indebtedness (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web The company also revealed in those filings that, having borrowed its way through pandemic lockdown, its total indebtedness weighed in at a whopping $5 billion. Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone, "How Will Live Nation Bounce Back From the Concertless Year?," 12 Apr. 2021 But the public debate about the level of Nigeria’s indebtedness to China, including claims that Abuja is risking its sovereignty, is one that is never too far from the limelight. Allwell Okpi, Quartz, "How much money does Nigeria owe China?," 11 Apr. 2021 Average student-debt growth has slowed, but indebtedness has increased substantially since TICAS issued its initial report on the subject 15 years ago. Ryan Lane, Star Tribune, "Class of 2019 borrowed less, report finds," 17 Oct. 2020 By late 2021 more fundamental headwinds—including a declining labor force, weakening productivity growth and rapidly rising consumer indebtedness—might become more obvious again. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "China’s Growth: Don’t Mistake the Cyclical for the Structural," 18 Jan. 2021 The irony is that in trying to overcome their indebtedness and substandard job prospects, Black graduates double down on education, acquiring more credentials and even more student debt. Rakim Brooks, Fortune, "I’m a Black, first-generation Ivy League graduate. Biden is wrong about who needs debt cancellation," 24 Feb. 2021 In 1947, Spector’s father committed suicide because of family indebtedness, an event that would shape his son’s life in many ways. Christopher Weber And Linda Deutsch, USA TODAY, "Phil Spector, famed music producer convicted of murder, dies at 81," 17 Jan. 2021 In 1947, Spector’s father committed suicide because of family indebtedness, an event that would shape his son’s life in many ways. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Phil Spector, famed music producer convicted of murder, dies at 81," 17 Jan. 2021 In 1947, Spector’s father committed suicide because of family indebtedness, an event that would shape his son’s life in many ways. Christopher Weber And Linda Deutsch, Chron, "Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dies at 81," 17 Jan. 2021

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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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19 Apr 2021

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“Indebtedness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indebtedness. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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