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

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

nondebtor, noun
predebtor, noun Unabridged
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debtor (ˈdɛtə)
Compare creditor a person or commercial enterprise that owes a financial obligation

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., dettur, dettour, from O.Fr. detour, from L. debitorem (nom. debitor), from debere; see debt. The -b- was restored in later O.Fr., 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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Bible Dictionary

Debtor definition

Various regulations as to the relation between debtor and creditor are laid down in the Scriptures. (1.) The debtor was to deliver up as a pledge to the creditor what he could most easily dispense with (Deut. 24:10, 11). (2.) A mill, or millstone, or upper garment, when given as a pledge, could not be kept over night (Ex. 22:26, 27). (3.) A debt could not be exacted during the Sabbatic year (Deut. 15:1-15). For other laws bearing on this relation see Lev. 25:14, 32, 39; Matt. 18:25, 34. (4.) A surety was liable in the same way as the original debtor (Prov. 11:15; 17:18).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
But there is a surging resentment in creditor and debtor countries, and the risk of collapse.
As a result of the default judgment, debt buyers can either garnish wages and
  bank accounts or require payment from the debtor.
The carrot for the debtor country is securing future access to credit, even at
  a significant risk premium.
Think of it this way: private demand in the debtor countries has plunged with
  the end of the debt-financed boom.
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