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English Dictionary: debt by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the state of owing something (especially money); "he is badly in debt"
  2. money or goods or services owed by one person to another
  3. an obligation to pay or do something
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.
                     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.
            [bd]Forgive us our debts.[b8] --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.

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      The Mosaic law encouraged the practice of lending (Deut. 15:7;
      Ps. 37:26; Matt. 5:42); but it forbade the exaction of interest
      except from foreigners. Usury was strongly condemned (Prov.
      28:8; Ezek. 18:8, 13, 17; 22:12; Ps. 15:5). On the Sabbatical
      year all pecuniary obligations were cancelled (Deut. 15:1-11).
      These regulations prevented the accumulation of debt.
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