Definitions

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

  • n. One that owes something to another.
  • n. One who is guilty of a trespass or sin; a sinner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person or firm that owes money; one in debt; one who owes a debt
  • n. One who owes another anything, or is under obligation, arising from express agreement, implication of law, or principles of natural justice, to pay money or to fulfill some other obligation; in bankruptcy or similar proceedings, the person who is the subject of the proceeding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who owes a debt; one who is indebted; -- correlative to creditor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who owes another money, goods, or services; one who is in debt; hence, one under obligations to another for advantages received, or to do reparation for an injury committed; one who has received from another an advantage of any kind.

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

  • n. a person who owes a creditor; someone who has the obligation of paying a debt

Etymologies

Middle English dettour, from Old French dettor, from Latin dēbitor, from dēbitus, past participle of dēbēre, to owe; see debt.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • And we have a very financially sound corporation backing us up and providing what we call debtor-in - possession financing.

    CNN Transcript Sep 25, 2005

  • "My hope is that it's not a liquidation," Sen. Chris Dodd, chairman of the Banking Committee, said this morning on the "Early Show" on CBS, "but what they call a debtor-in-possession, sort of Chapter 11 filing, which would allow for the reorganization of these companies."

    lsj.com - News

  • "My hope is that it's not a liquidation," Sen. Chris Dodd, chairman of the Banking Committee, said Friday morning on the "Early Show" on CBS, "but what they call a debtor-in-possession, sort of Chapter 11 filing, which would allow for the reorganization of these companies."

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • ORLEANS - After 33 months in what he called debtor's prison, Richard Birchall was suddenly released from jail Wednesday under new law created by the state's highest court for people jailed on civil contempt charges.

    Reader - MassLive.com

  • One creditor could provide TerreStar with about $75 million in debtor-in-possession financing that would keep the telecommunications firm afloat during bankruptcy proceedings, the person said.

    TerreStar Weighs Bankruptcy Filing

  • If they bankruptcy is not a tenable option because automakers cannot obtain debtor in possession financing on credit markets the government can provide the DIP financing.

    Automaker Bailout

  • Castro added that, psychologically, 1985 would have been the most appropriate time for the Latin American debtor countries to resort to the tactic of a joint suspension of payments.

    CASTRO COMMENTS ON INTEGRATION, FOREIGN DEBT

  • Will Latin American debtor countries reach a preliminary consensus before a crisis erupts?

    CASTRO SPEECH AT FOREIGN DEBT DIALOGUE

  • The hungry are fed, the naked are clothed, the cold are cheered and warmed with fuel, the desolate and houseless are provided for, the needy debtor is forgiven, an hour of ease and relief is managed for the weary and careworn, innocent gratifications are contrived by the liberal for those whose pleasures are few and rare.

    Rural Hours

  • These Rajah-creditors would tell you smilingly that they knew by Mohammedan law the creditors can take and sell all their debtor's property for an overdue debt, and that then the debtor is free; but they never act on that principle.

    The Golden Chersonese and the Way Thither

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  • "If thy Debtor be honest and capable, thou hast thy Mony again, if not with Encrease, with Praise: If he prove insolvent, don’t ruin him to get that, which it will not ruin thee to lose: For thou art but a Steward, and another is thy Owner, Master and Judge."
    - William Penn, 'Fruits of Solitude'.

    September 8, 2009