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  1. a person who is in debt or under financial obligation to another (opposed to creditor).
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Origin of debtor

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 formsnon·debt·or, nounpre·debt·or, noun
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Related Words for debtor

defaulter, borrower, account, bankrupt, deadbeat, risk, welsher, mortgagor

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British Dictionary definitions for debtor


  1. a person or commercial enterprise that owes a financial obligationCompare creditor
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Word Origin and History for debtor


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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