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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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  • The captain was indebted to his boatswain, who was now in fact acting as his mate, for the suggestion of the plan next adopted.

    Jack Tier or The Florida Reef James Fenimore Cooper
  • To your hint, I thank you, are they indebted for their disappointment.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • This arrangement pleased neither the men nor the officers, who knew how much the country was indebted to the rank and file.

    Chats on Military Curios Stanley C. Johnson
  • I am indebted to him almost for the discovery—altogether for the restoration of the library.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • I am indebted to both of you for the information which enabled me to capture the steamer.

    Brave Old Salt Oliver Optic
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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