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national debt

n.
The total financial obligations of a national government.

national debt

n
(Economics) the total outstanding borrowings of a nation's central government. Also called (esp US): public debt

na′tional debt′


n.
the financial obligations of a national government. Also called public debt.
[1775–85, Amer.]

national debt

A country’s outstanding debt, figured cumulatively over successive governments.
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Noun1.national debt - the debt of the national government (as distinguished from the debts of individuals and businesses and political subdivisions)national debt - the debt of the national government (as distinguished from the debts of individuals and businesses and political subdivisions)
debt - money or goods or services owed by one person to another
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national debt

ndebito pubblico
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I have an impression that they were to be contributed eventually towards the liquidation of the National Debt, but I know I had no hope of any personal participation in the treasure.
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