- obligated; indebted: a man beholden to no one.
Origin of beholden
1300–50; Middle English, adj. use of beholden, old past participle of behold
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obliged, bound, grateful, liable.
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- indebted; obliged; under a moral obligation
Old English behealden, past participle of behealdan to behold
Word Origin and History for unbeholden
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