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[in-det-id] /ɪnˈdɛt ɪd/
committed or obligated to repay a monetary loan:
He was indebted to his friend for a large sum.
obligated for favors or kindness received:
He was indebted to her for nursing him through pneumonia.
Origin of indebted
1175-1225; in-2 + debt + -ed2; replacing Middle English endetted < Old French endetté, past participle of endetter to involve in debt (see en-1)
Related forms
preindebted, adjective
preindebtedness, noun
1. bound. 2. beholden, grateful. Unabridged
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  • Of course the indebted countries have responsibility for their own dire straits.
  • While prosperity persisted, indebted consumers experienced few deleterious effects.
  • Consequently, the impoverished and indebted weavers end up in debt to traders.
  • Little do they know how much my stomach is truly indebted to their generosity.
  • We are once more indebted to the management of the line for valued additions to our foreign files.
  • The video features slick animation, an ominous soundtrack, and interviews with indebted students and critical professors.
  • The indebted will cut their spending to free up the extra cash to service their loans.
  • Musicians are indebted and inspired by older music that helps them find their own voice.
  • We will forever be indebted to him for his contributions to linguistics.
  • Fiscal multipliers will probably be lower in heavily indebted economies than in prudent ones.
British Dictionary definitions for indebted


adjective (postpositive)
owing gratitude for help, favours, etc; obligated
owing money
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Word Origin and History for indebted

late 14c., endetted "owing money," past participle of endetten "to indebt, oblige," from Old French endetter "to involve in debt," from en- "in" (see in- (2)) + dette "debt" (see debt). Figurative sense of "under obligation for favors or services" first attested 1560s. Related: indebt; indebtedness. Latin indebitus meant "not owed, not due."

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