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[in-det-id-nis] /ɪnˈdɛt ɪd nɪs/
the state of being indebted.
an amount owed.
debts collectively.
Origin of indebtedness
1640-50; indebted + -ness
Related forms
overindebtedness, noun Unabridged
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  • Thus a big external deficit does not necessarily imply a commensurate rise in net indebtedness to foreigners.
  • Consumer indebtedness is soaring, the savings rate is down to zero and people are filing for bankruptcy at record rates.
  • Cost transparency could help students and their families compare costs and avoid over-indebtedness.
  • Continuing and expanding grant and work-study programs is also important for reducing student indebtedness.
  • Of course, the solution to the problem is to reduce student indebtedness and/or increase student earnings.
  • Compare that to other college in the state that have indebtedness that is a substantial multiple of their endowments.
  • As bankruptcy became more familiar and less harrowing than a prison sentence, tempers over indebtedness appeared to cool.
  • Interest is deductible on the lower of acquisition indebtedness or remaining loan balance.
  • Without job growth, household indebtedness will linger as a problem, depressing spending and hiring.
  • The anxiety about indebtedness makes inflation seem all the more appealing.
British Dictionary definitions for indebtedness


the state of being indebted
the total of a person's debts
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