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owe

v. to have a legal duty to pay funds to another. However, to owe does not make the amount "payable" if the date for payment has not yet arrived. (See: debt, due, payable)

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Lastly, It is owing to you that the history appears what it now is.
The custom-house officers were very civil, which was perhaps partly owing to the passport which the President of the Republic had given me; but I must express my admiration at the natural politeness of almost every Chileno.
I at first thought that it was owing to dust blown from the surrounding mountains of red porphyry; for from the magnifying power of the crystals of snow, the groups of these microscopical plants appeared like coarse particles.
With respect to a tyranny he neither says whether there will be any change in it; or if not, to what cause it will be owing; or if there is, into what other state it will alter: but the reason of this is, that a tyranny is an indeterminate government; and, according to him, every state ought to alter into the first, and most perfect, thus the continuity and circle would be preserved.
In this fragment, entitled "Underground," this person introduces himself and his views, and, as it were, tries to explain the causes owing to which he has made his appearance and was bound to make his appearance in our midst.
Those whose connections were disconnected on nonpayment of arrears including Sher Badshah owing Rs 244,136, Khan Said against nonpayment of Rs 263,591, Nazir Rs 336,125,Waris Khan Rs 326,556, Gul Mir Rs 294,331, Namat Ullah Rs 170,459 and Malik Din owes Rs 648,86 respectively.