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Definition of the noun indebtedness

What does indebtedness mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: indebtednesses

  1. an obligation to pay money to another party
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of indebtedness: financial obligation / liability
    • more generic word: obligation = the state of being obligated to do or pay something
    • more specific terms:
      • limited liability = the liability of a firm's owners for no more than the capital they have invested in the firm
      • debt = the state of owing something
      • arrears = the state of being behind in payments
      • account payable / payable = a liability account showing how much is owed for goods and services purchased on credit
      • scot and lot = obligations of all kinds taken as a whole
  2. a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor

Alternative definition of the noun indebtedness


  1. State of owing money; being in debt.
  2. [by extension, figuratively] The state of owing something due to gratitude.
  3. The amount owed.
  4. All debts totalled.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for indebtedness

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Google previewMissed Fortune 101 (2008)

A Starter Kit to Becoming a Millionaire by Douglas R. Andrew

Acquisition indebtedness is any debt that is incurred in acquiring, constructing, or substantially improving any qualified...

The most common misunderstanding about acquisition indebtedness is that even though it may begin as the amount you ...

Google previewGratitude (2013)

by Arie Kaplan

Indebtedness means that you owe someone a debt, and you can't wait to have your debt paid in full so that you can move on. That's inherently negative. Nobody likes that feeling of owing someone something and wanting to pay off the debt as ...

Google previewHow to Prosper In the Coming Apocalypse (2014)

by Richard Curtis

The real reason for American indebtedness is the invention of those little slots in wallets for credit cards. Until then, you either had to pay cash for your purchases or carry your credit cards around held together with a rubber band that was ...

Google previewReading Dante: From Here to Eternity (2014)

by Prue Shaw

and psychological indebtedness is a key moral obligation in Dante's ethical universe, and ingratitude a particularly heinous moral failing, will be confirmed when we find that at the very bottom of hell, among the traitors, the very worst of them ...

Google previewOECD Economic Surveys: Iceland 2008 (2008)


Foreign indebtedness is the highest among OECD countries. This has made the economy vulnerable to changes in foreign investor sentiment, especially in the context of fragile global financial-market conditions. Restoring economic stability ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Oklahoma (1999)

by Nancy Capace

Indebtedness of political subdivisions -- Assent of voters -- Limitation of amount -- Annual tax (a) Except as herein otherwise provided, no county, city, town, township, school district, or other political corporation, or subdivision of the state, shall ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Dalits in India: Emancipation and empowerment (2002)

by Sanjay Paswan, Pramanshi Jaideva

and Scheduled Tribes has reported that though a number of welfare measures have been undertaken for the economic advantage of the Dalits, the chronic indebtedness among them practically nullifies the importance of most of these efforts.

Google previewDictionary of International Business Terms (2001)

by John Owen Edward Clark

indebtedness day When a company issues a prospectus, it must make known the day on which its statement of debt (the extent of its ...

Google previewHopkins' Nonprofit Law Dictionary (2015)

by Bruce R. Hopkins

ACTION 5 acquisition indebtedness The term “acquisition indebtedness” is used in the context of the rules pertaining to the computation of unrelated debt- financed income. Acquisition indebtedness, with respect to debt-financed property, ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopaedia of Law (1905)

by David Shephard Garland, Lucius Polk McGehee, James Cockcroft, Charles Porterfield

14-784 Indebtedness evidenced by negotiable paper, see infra, Bills of exchange and promissory notes. Indebtedness on which judgment has been recovered, see infra, Judgments. Indebtedness owing from decedents' estates. legacies, and ...

Google previewThe Virginia and West Virginia Judicial Dictionary-digest (1922)

Words and Phrases. Being a Compilation of All Words, Phrases and Maxims which Have Been Defined, Construed, Interpreted Or Applied in Virginia and West Virginia Cases and in the Codes of Those States, Combined with a Digest of Virginia and West Virginia Cases and Principles of Law as Therein Applied by Fred P. Caldwell

"By the term 'indebtedness' as here used is meant the state of being, by voluntary obligation, express or implied, under legal liability to pay in the present or at some ...

Google previewThe Bond Buyers' Dictionary (1907)

by Samuel Armstrong Nelson

or treasurer of said city and taken in the same manner as a national or State census, preceding such investment, and whose net indebtedness does not exceed five per cent. of the valuation of the taxable property therein, to be ascertained by ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Texas (2001)

by Nancy Capace

providing that any district so created shall assume full responsibility for providing medical and hospital care for its needy inhabitants and assume the outstanding indebtedness incurred by cities, towns and counties for hospital purposes prior ...

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Anybody who has ever been in business, anybody who has ever paid bills, anybody who has ever lived in a serious adult life knows that indebtedness is a killer. (Frank Lautenberg)
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Scrabble value of I1N1D2E1B3T1E1D2N1E1S1S1

The value of this 12-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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