Definition of indebtedness in English:

indebtedness

noun

mass noun
  • 1The condition of owing money.

    ‘the industry is taking steps to reduce indebtedness and cut costs’
    • ‘The result has been the growth of both poverty and indebtedness.’
    • ‘The company's level of indebtedness has now become a major issue for its bankers.’
    • ‘We sold the horses, and there still wasn't enough money to satisfy the indebtedness.’
    • ‘They served me with a letter of demand to repay my total indebtedness of $8 million forthwith.’
    • ‘The personal indebtedness of Americans has never been greater.’
    • ‘He took a major role in the ensuing negotiations concerning German foreign indebtedness.’
    • ‘By January 1992 her total indebtedness to the bank amounted to some £288,000.’
    • ‘Subsequent mortgage restructuring increased the indebtedness.’
    • ‘As is the case in Asia, high levels of corporate indebtedness are likely.’
    • ‘Total household indebtedness has gradually and consistently risen during this period.’
    1. 1.1 The feeling of owing gratitude for a service or favour.
      ‘I wish to express my indebtedness to my parents for all they have done’
      • ‘They felt a deep sense of indebtedness to the learned scholars of the early medieval period.’
      • ‘The present writer gladly avails himself of this opportunity to record his indebtedness for much valuable individual instruction.’
      • ‘The author's indebtedness to Greek ethics can be seen even more clearly in his discussion of the natural virtues.’
      • ‘Charlotte Brontë's fear of being accused of plagiarism certainly rules out any conscious literary indebtedness.’
      • ‘Professor Clarke wishes to express her indebtedness to many people for help on this essay.’
      • ‘He always admitted his deep indebtedness to Vinogradoff and the methods of research inculcated by him.’
      • ‘The novel's indebtedness to the Gothic tradition is well established.’
      • ‘But the feeling of sublime indebtedness, defining what is expressly human about humanity, is larger than religion.’
      • ‘The landscape shots underscore the indebtedness of Silko's work to her native land.’
      • ‘The range and extent of Shakespeare's indebtedness is a badge of his genius, not a blemish upon it.’

Pronunciation

indebtedness

/ɪnˈdɛtɪdnəs/