Word definition: debt

Defiintion of debt:

[n] an obligation to pay or do something
[n] money or goods or services owed by one person to another
[n] the state of owing something (especially money); "he is badly in debt"

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See Also:

arrears, bad debt, debt ceiling, debt limit, financial obligation, indebtedness, installment debt, liabilities, liability, loan, national debt, obligation, principal, public debt, score

Webster Dictionary (1913) for debt:

\Debt\, n. [OE. dette, F. dette, LL. debita, fr. L. debitus
owed, p. p. of debere to owe, prop., to have on loan; de- +
habere to have. See {Habit}, and cf. {Debit}, {Due}.]
1. That which is due from one person to another, whether
   money, goods, or services; that which one person is bound
   to pay to another, or to perform for his benefit; thing
   owed; obligation; liability.

         Your son, my lord, has paid a soldier's debt.
                                               --Shak.

         When you run in debt, you give to another power over
         your liberty.                         --Franklin.

2. A duty neglected or violated; a fault; a sin; a trespass.
   ``Forgive us our debts.'' --Matt. vi. 12.

3. (Law) An action at law to recover a certain specified sum
   of money alleged to be due. --Burrill.

{Bond debt}, {Book debt}, etc. See under {Bond}, {Book}, etc.


{Debt of nature}, death.