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public debt

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noun
  1. national debt.

Origin of public debt

First recorded in 1715–25
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British Dictionary definitions for public debt

public debt

noun mainly US
  1. the total financial obligations incurred by all governmental bodies of a nation
  2. another name for national debt
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