- obligated; indebted: a man beholden to no one.
Origin of beholden
1300–50; Middle English, adj. use of beholden, old past participle of behold
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obliged, bound, grateful, liable.
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Examples from the Web for beholden
Accusing his opponents of being locked in a Cold War mind-set, it is Stone who is beholden to old orthodoxies.Oliver Stone’s Latest Dictator Suckup
January 5, 2015
Huckabee is also not burdened by, or beholden to, foreign investors.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
As a company that is beholden to stockholders, Kate Spade usually lags, not leads trends.Handbags: The More You Pay, The Smaller They Shrink
December 29, 2014
Its members would not be beholden to any special interest groups, at all, for their selection.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?
November 8, 2014
Beholden to a base that, like a capricious autocrat, will turn against them at the slightest provocation.Ted Cruz is Still Not Here to Make Friends
February 26, 2014
Then, sinking before him in a deep courtesy, "I am beholden to you," she said.The Gentleman From Indiana
You may be assured, that I will sooner be beholden to you, than to any body living.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
Twice have I been beholden to you for my life, and now I am in your debt.The Downfall
He thought he was a strong man again, with his children about him, and beholden to no one.The Eternal City
"There's not a man of you who is not beholden to Parson Christian," said Hugh, sternly.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
- indebted; obliged; under a moral obligation
Old English behealden, past participle of behealdan to behold
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Word Origin and History for beholden
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