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 These might include a qualification algorithm to unveil which lending product best matches a particular borrower, or a loan affordability algorithm, or a debt spiral protection algorithm to avoid over-indebtedness. Michel Kilzi, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Both sides are still in discussions to reduce the country’s budget gap and indebtedness, and minimize risks from the country’s adoption of the virtual currency. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, 14 May 2022 This indebtedness limits how many interest rate hikes the Fed can implement before causing problems in the stock market, the housing market, and the Treasury bond market. Adam Strauss, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The pandemic had pushed up total indebtedness of the countries to a 50-year high, or the equivalent of more than 2.5 times government revenues. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 Household indebtedness does not stop with these formal forms of debt. Christian Weller, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 Despite rising living standards, the financing of a college education has become a huge problem, witness a huge student loan indebtedness problem. Richard Vedder, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Notes with concern the growing needs of developing country Parties, in particular due to the increasing impacts of climate change and increased indebtedness as a consequence of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic; 42. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2021 The flip side to refusing indebtedness is that the collection ends up suffering from an aversion to citation. Jordan Taliha Mcdonald, Vulture, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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12 Jul 2022

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“Indebtedness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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