Debt meaning

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Debt is defined as owing money, owed money that is past due or the feeling as if you owe someone something.

An example of debt is what you owe on your mortgage and car loan.

An example of debt is a feeling of gratitude when someone helps you to go to college.

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A moral or legal obligation to make reparations or undergo punishment for committing an offense.

A criminal repaying his debt to society.

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Something owed by one person to another or others.
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An obligation or liability to pay or return something.
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The condition of owing.

To be in debt a thousand dollars.

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An obligation that a person or organization has to another person or organization. Debt may be in the form of a bond, note, mortgage, line of credit, or other financial instrument. Debt may be secured by assets, which means that the assets will be seized in the event of default, or be unsecured.
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A specific sum of money due as a result of a written or verbal agreement or by operation of law.
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An action, state of mind, or object one has an obligation to perform for another, adopt toward another, or give to another.
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The state or condition of owing something to another.

I am in your debt.

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Money that one person or entity owes or is required to pay to another, generally as a result of a loan or other financial transaction.
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(law) An action at law to recover a certain specified sum of money alleged to be due.

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An obligation or liability to pay or render something to someone else.

Students burdened with debt.

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The condition of owing.

A young family always in debt.

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Financial instruments, such as bonds, mortgages, and loans, that represent a claim to payment and rights of creditorship.

Invested in government debt; a company issuing debt.

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Something owed, such as money, goods, or services.

Used the proceeds to pay off her debts; a debt of gratitude.

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Origin of debt

From Middle English dett, from Old French dete (French: dette), from Medieval Latin dēbita, from Latin dēbitum (“what is owed, a debt, a duty”), neuter of dēbitus, perfect passive participle of dēbeō (“I owe”), contraction of *dehibeō (“I have from”), from de (“from”) + habeō (“I have”).