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public debt

Origin of public debt
1715-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We will fortunately be able to apply to the redemption of the public debt any small and unforeseen excess of revenue.
  • Financially speaking, the atolls' nebulous political past is responsible for the country's persistent public debt.
  • We've simply shifted from private debt to public debt.
  • Conventional measures of public debt show the legacy of past borrowing.
  • And it would help reduce the private and public debt burdens that weigh on the rich world's economies.
  • The pace of potential growth helps determine the sustainability of everything from public debt to the prices of shares.
  • It doesn't make any sense to talk about public debt only.
  • Even at the best of times, all these schemes would probably have led to higher inflation and a growth in public debt.
  • But it is unsustainable for a country whose public debt is high and rising.
  • Less agreeable is the explosion of public debt and the acceleration of a decades-long trend: financial concentration.
British Dictionary definitions for public debt

public debt

noun (mainly US)
the total financial obligations incurred by all governmental bodies of a nation
another name for national debt
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