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[in-det-id-nis] /ɪnˈdɛt ɪd nɪs/
the state of being indebted.
an amount owed.
debts collectively.
Origin of indebtedness
1640-50; indebted + -ness
Related forms
overindebtedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I think that you overestimate your indebtedness to the woman whom you have made your wife.

    A Lost Leader E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • If civil words can cancel aught of our indebtedness I shall not be sparing of them.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • Total of my indebtedness, three hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch Jackson Gregory
  • To the innumerable writers who are quoted, the indebtedness felt is inexpressible.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • The settlers who would not pay their indebtedness caused Dr. McLoughlin to feel keenly their ingratitude.

    Dr. John McLoughlin, the Father of Oregon Frederick Van Voorhies Holman
  • The detail of Jacobis indebtedness to Sterne is to be found in these two works.

    Laurence Sterne in Germany Harvey Waterman Thayer
  • Even Gessner shows his indebtedness in some of his later idyls.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • He cleared off the indebtedness of the old firm and had $3,000 ahead.

  • We own sixteen mules and horses, fourteen head of cattle, thirty hogs, and have absolutely no indebtedness of any character.

British Dictionary definitions for indebtedness


the state of being indebted
the total of a person's debts
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