- committed or obligated to repay a monetary loan: He was indebted to his friend for a large sum.
- obligated for favors or kindness received: He was indebted to her for nursing him through pneumonia.
Origin of indebted
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Examples from the Web for indebted
Many legendary Shakespearean thespians have been indebted to drink.Is That a Bottle of Wine I See Before Me? The Delights of Drunk Shakespeare
June 1, 2014
In making the Black Paintings, Reinhardt may have been as indebted to Duchamp as to Malevich and Barnett Newman.Ad Reinhardt's Black (-on-Black) Humor
December 2, 2013
The Western literary tradition is indebted to the disaster caused by a bad guest.‘A Sustained Sense of Violation’: When Bad House Guests Invade Literature
July 23, 2013
His voice caught the attention of everyone around him, including one fellow Palestinian, to whom Assaf will forever be indebted.Arab Idol Mohammad Assaf Is the Middle East’s Newest Ambassador
June 27, 2013
We are indebted to him and to all those in law enforcement who assisted in bringing the Tsarnaev brothers to justice.Why Didn’t the FBI Recognize Tamerlan Tsarnaev After 2011 Interview?
April 24, 2013
To your hint, I thank you, are they indebted for their disappointment.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
I am indebted to Mrs. Richards for this method of extracting the oil.
I am indebted to him almost for the discovery—altogether for the restoration of the library.'
How can I divide myself, and say that the one-half of me is indebted to the other?
We were indebted for it chiefly to the skill and adroitness of Selina Whiston.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
- owing gratitude for help, favours, etc; obligated
- owing money
Word Origin and History for indebted
late 14c., endetted "owing money," past participle of endetten "to indebt, oblige," from Old French endetter "to involve in debt," from en- "in" (see in- (2)) + dette "debt" (see debt). Figurative sense of "under obligation for favors or services" first attested 1560s. Related: indebt; indebtedness. Latin indebitus meant "not owed, not due."