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[in-det-id-nis] /ɪnˈdɛt ɪd nɪs/
the state of being indebted.
an amount owed.
debts collectively.
Origin of indebtedness
First recorded in 1640-50; indebted + -ness
Related forms
overindebtedness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He cleared off the indebtedness of the old firm and had $3,000 ahead.

  • The new company also assumed all the bonded and other indebtedness of both roads.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • Nevertheless, he has to confess his indebtedness to the Father of the American Theatre.

    Andr William Dunlap
  • It was a long list of signatures and an alarming total of indebtedness.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I beg your pardon, my dear sir, but what is the total of my indebtedness to you?

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Cyrus drives home the conscience of indebtedness la Portia v. Shylock.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Dawkins gave him an acknowledgment of indebtedness to that amount.

    Paul Prescott's Charge Horatio Alger
  • Ménage, Gilles, acknowledged his indebtedness to the Elzevirs, 22.

    The Booklover and His Books Harry Lyman Koopman
  • It was an expression of my indebtedness to the High Country.

British Dictionary definitions for indebtedness


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