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A person, company, or other organization that owes money to another individual, company, or organization. Generally speaking, a debtor acquires debt for a specific purpose, such as to fund a college education or to purchase a house. In business and government, debt is often issued in the form of bonds, which are tradeable securities entitling the bearer to repayment at the appropriate time(s), making the issuing government or business the debtor. A debtor almost always compensates a creditor with a certain amount of interest, representing the time value of money. However, some areas of finance, especially Islamic banking, do not allow debt with interest.