Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state of being indebted.
  • n. Something owed to another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. State of owing money; being in debt.
  • n. The state of owing something or being under obligation to someone.
  • n. The amount owed.
  • n. All debts totalled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being indebted.
  • n. The sum owed; debts, collectively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being indebted, without regard to ability or inability to pay the debt.
  • n. The amount owed; debts collectively: as, the indebtedness of an individual or a corporation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
  • n. an obligation to pay money to another party

Etymologies

From indebted +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That was damaging enough to the principles of capitalism, but reduction of principal indebtedness is just another step in punishing prudent investors and indicates a lack of understanding of the dire consequences of that policy.

    What About Prudent

  • Although it seems as if it crept up on us, student-loan indebtedness is not an accident but a policy.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • Here's one of the vote deprived indebted cons whose case, with help from the ACLU, went to our state supreme court claiming she's being punished by not being able to vote until her financial indebtedness is paid off - at a rate of $10 a month plus interest:

    Sound Politics: The party of robbers, rapists and killers

  • If financial indebtedness is going to be a test for determining voting rights, I would submit that a credit check for our voters would probably eliminate most of them.

    Sound Politics: The party of robbers, rapists and killers

  • When they complain about Obama's spending, they should be reminded that their vote to expand Medicare added $17.2 trillion to the nation's long-term indebtedness, according to the latest report by Medicare's trustees Table III.C23.

    Higher Taxes: Will The Republicans Cry Wolf Again?

  • Most telling are the facts that Canadians 'savings are at an all time low, our level of personal indebtedness is at an historic and menacing high, and our contributions to personal retirement savings plans are comparatively modest.

    A New Vision for Canada

  • In Great Britain export trade has been stepped up to over pre-war figures, and doubtless her sterling indebtedness is being reduced.

    The State and Foreign Trade

  • In 1914, our total debt amounted to three hundred and thirty ($330,000,000) million dollars; today, the nation's indebtedness is something like fifteen billions, and as you read, or rather read, on Johnnie Walker labels, "Still going strong".

    Quebec Old and New

  • Our total internal indebtedness is 65 million dollars.

    The Economic Conditions and Policies of the Irish Free State

  • A business with debt and a solid credit rating will likely be able to refinance any short-term indebtedness without any significant recapitalization requirements.

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