the financial obligations of a national government resulting from deficit spending.
Origin of national debt
An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
Also called public debt.
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British Dictionary definitions for national debt
the total outstanding borrowings of a nation's central governmentAlso called (esp US): public debt
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Culture definitions for national debt
A large national debt can inhibit growth and drive up interest rates.
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