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public debt

public debt


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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of public debt1

First recorded in 1715–25

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Large companies are able to eschew banks and traditional lending by borrowing money in public debt markets through bond issues, meaning they draw money from investors as loans that are paid back with interest over time.

From Vox

In addition, a balanced budget law enacted in 2009 has helped keep public debt low.

From Time

Go check out the Bureau of the Public Debt, which has a wealth of information.

Over four years, policymakers in Europe and the United States have argued about public debt.

So does unsustainable public debt, which can bring a nation to its knees.

The CBO still projects the public debt to grow to an astonishing $20 trillion in 10 years.

But would they still be begging if we tried to transform much of our $11 trillion public debt into 30-year notes?

If an account of the interest due has to be prepared it is forwarded to the holder by the Treasury of the Public Debt.

The public debt was regarded as sacred, and even the pensions continued to the poor nobles.

One-fourth of the sums subscribed by individuals was to be paid in gold and silver, and three-fourths in the public debt.

No pecuniary consideration is more urgent than the regular redemption and discharge of the public debt.

The public debt had been swelled by the war expenditure to a large amount, and its interest was to be paid.


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