the state of being indebted.
an amount owed.
debts collectively.

Origin of indebtedness

First recorded in 1640–50; indebted + -ness
Related formso·ver·in·debt·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for indebtedness

liability, debt, obligation, responsibility, debit

Examples from the Web for indebtedness

Contemporary Examples of indebtedness

Historical Examples of indebtedness

  • 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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for indebtedness



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