national debt

noun
the financial obligations of a national government resulting from deficit spending.
Also called public debt.


Origin:
1775–85, Americanism

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national debt
 
n
Also called (esp US): public debt the total outstanding borrowings of a nation's central government

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national debt definition


The debt of the government; the amount of borrowing by the government to meet expenditures exceeding tax revenues.

Note: A large national debt can inhibit growth and drive up interest rates.
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Beyond that, the money given to state and local governments doesn't support
  federal programs or reduce the national debt.
The money raised could be divided up among citizens or used to repay the
  national debt.
Let's imagine a country with excessive national debt.
Size matters, but so does who's holding a country's national debt.
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