national debt

noun

Definition of national debt

: the total amount of money that the government of a country owes to companies, countries, etc.

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“National debt.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/national%20debt. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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