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

  • n. The total financial obligations of a national government.

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  • n. Any money owed by the government of a nation.

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  • n. the debt of the national government (as distinguished from the debts of individuals and businesses and political subdivisions)


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  • The interest of the national debt of France being in fact but a two thousandth part of it's rent-roll, the paiment of it is practicable enough; and so becomes a question merely of honor or expediency.


  • In 1873, when revenue was £7.3 million, of which £6.3 million went on the interest on his existing loans, Ismail took another huge loan from Henry Oppenheim, converting the national debt of £27 million into a long-term loan of £32 million.

    Three Empires on the Nile


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