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

The unpronounced "b" in the modern English spelling, is a Latinisation from the Latin etymon dēbitum.





Debt (plural Debts)
  1. An action, state of mind, or object one has an obligation to perform for another, adopt toward another, or give to another.
    • 1589, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, act 1, sc. 3,
      Revenge the jeering and disdain'd contempt
      Of this proud king, who studies day and night
      To answer all the debt he owes to you
      Even with the bloody payment of your deaths.
    • 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, ch. 14,
      This long debt of confidence, due from me to him, whose bane and ruin I have been, shall at length be paid.
  2. The state or condition of owing something to another.
    I am in your debt.
  3. 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.
    • 1919, Upton Sinclair, Jimmie Higgins, ch. 15,
      Bolsheviki had repudiated the four-billion-dollar debt which the government of the Tsar had contracted with the bankers.

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