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noun part·ner·ship \-ˌship\

Simple Definition of partnership

  • : the state of being partners

  • : a relationship between partners

  • : a business that is owned by partners

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of partnership

  1. 1 :  the state of being a partner :  participation

  2. 2 a :  a legal relation existing between two or more persons contractually associated as joint principals in a business b :  the persons joined together in a partnership

  3. 3 :  a relationship resembling a legal partnership and usually involving close cooperation between parties having specified and joint rights and responsibilities

Examples of partnership in a sentence

  1. two people joined in partnership

  2. scientists working in partnership with each other

  3. The company is developing a new car in partnership with leading auto manufacturers in Japan.

  4. Their marriage is a partnership that has remained strong despite family illness.

  5. The singing duo has maintained a successful partnership for 20 years.

  6. a notable partnership between two experienced scientists in the field

  7. He joined the partnership last year.


First Known Use of partnership


PARTNERSHIP Defined for Kids


noun part·ner·ship \ˈpärt-nər-ˌship\

Definition of partnership for Students

  1. :  an arrangement in which people engage in an activity or business with one another or share something with each other

Law Dictionary


noun part·ner·ship

Legal Definition of partnership

  1. :  an association of two or more persons or entities that conduct a business for profit as co-owners — see also Uniform Partnership Act — compare corporation, joint venture, sole proprietorship Editor's note: Except in civil law as practiced in Louisiana, where a partnership, like a corporation, is considered a legal person, a partnership is traditionally viewed as an association of individuals rather than as an entity with a separate and independent existence. A partnership cannot exist beyond the lives of the partners. The partners are taxed as individuals and are personally liable for torts and contractual obligations. Each partner is viewed as the other's agent and, traditionally, is jointly and severally liable for the tortious acts of any one of the partners. commercial partnership :  trading partnership in this entry family limited partnership :  a limited partnership in which the partners are members of a family family partnership :  a partnership in which the partners are members of a family general partnership :  a partnership in which each partner is liable for all partnership debts and obligations in full regardless of the amount of the individual partner's capital contribution — compare limited partnership in this entry limited liability partnership :  a partnership formed under applicable state statute in which the partnership is liable as an entity for debts and obligations and the partners are not liable personally limited partnership :  a partnership in which the business is managed by one or more general partners and is provided with capital by limited partners who do not participate in management but who share in profits and whose individual liability is limited to the amount of their respective capital contributions — compare general partnership in this entry master limited partnership :  a limited partnership that offers interests for sale on the market; also :  the interests themselves sold as securities mining partnership :  a partnership in which two or more persons jointly own a mining claim and actually engage in extracting minerals with the purpose of sharing profits and losses nontrading partnership :  a partnership that is not engaged in the buying and selling of goods —called also non-commercial partnership — compare trading partnership in this entry partnership at will :  a partnership whose duration is not fixed by contract and that is terminable at will by any partner partnership by estoppel :  a partnership created by operation of law when a defendant by words or conduct represents himself or herself to the plaintiff or to the public as a partner and the plaintiff relies on the representation to his or her detriment partnership in commendam in the civil law of Louisiana :  limited partnership in this entry trading partnership :  a partnership whose business involves the buying and selling of goods —called also commercial partnership — compare nontrading partnership in this entry

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