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debtor

[det-er] /ˈdɛt ər/
noun
1.
a person who is in debt or under financial obligation to another (opposed to creditor).
Origin of debtor
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English detto(u)r < Anglo-French dett(o)ur, de(b)tour, Old French det(t)or < Latin dēbitōr-, stem of dēbitor, equivalent to dēbi-, variant stem of dēbēre (see debt) + -tor -tor
Related forms
nondebtor, noun
predebtor, noun
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  • The creditor loses his usury and the debtor is acquitted of his obligation.

  • A thief, debtor, slanderer, or defamer may become the slave of the one he has wronged.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The watch, they said, was the property of a friend, who had handed it to my debtor that he might take it somewhere to be repaired.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • A debtor cannot become a slave, and parents in distress cannot sell their children.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • In case an execution on a debt was obtained from a local court the property remained in the hands of the debtor for eighty days.

British Dictionary definitions for debtor

debtor

/ˈdɛtə/
noun
1.
a person or commercial enterprise that owes a financial obligation Compare creditor
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Word Origin and History for debtor
n.

early 13c., dettur, dettour, from Old French detour, from Latin debitor "a debter," from past participle stem of debere; see debt. The -b- was restored in later French, and in English c.1560-c.1660. The KJV has detter three times, debter three times, debtor twice and debtour once.

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