debt


debt
debt (n.) late 13c., dette, from O.Fr. dete, from L. debitum "thing owed," neuter pp. of debere "to owe," originally, "keep something away from someone," from de- "away" (see DE- (Cf. de-)) + habere "to have" (see HABIT (Cf. habit)). Restored spelling after c.1400.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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