bill of sale

noun phrase

: a formal instrument for the conveyance or transfer of title to goods and chattels

Examples of bill of sale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shoppers looking for a new car should keep their eyes open for an $800 dealer processing charge on their bill of sale — a fee that was previously capped at $500. Katie Shepherd, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024 What is the validity of a bill of sale, the novel poses, when any white con man can claim the nearest Black person as his own? Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2024 The prices of comparable homes in your neighborhood Photos of any damage or unfinished areas of your home Recent bills of sale or documentation of home’s value More information on what to bring and what to do if an agreement can’t be reached can be found here. Noelle Alviz-Gransee, Kansas City Star, 27 Feb. 2024 All citizens of California would be best served to not sign any proposition petition because the goods delivered never matches the bill of sale. Letters To The Editor, Orange County Register, 28 Jan. 2024 Four bills of sale in Perry County deed books mention Amy from 1842 through 1847. Nicholas P. Brown, NBC News, 4 Oct. 2023 The package will contain the following: A bill of sale agreement. Ashley Donohoe, Car and Driver, 14 July 2023 Meanwhile, its Center for Family History offers in-person and virtual resources that go beyond census papers to trace lineage via bills of sale, property ownership and other records that in themselves drive home the chattel labor trade’s inhumanity. Devon M. Sayers, CNN, 19 June 2023 Although no evidence has surfaced yet about how much the auction of 600 people enriched the Ball family, the amount Ann Ball paid for about one-third of them is recorded in her bills of sale buried within the boxes and folders of family papers at the South Carolina Historical Society. Jennifer Berry Hawes, ProPublica, 16 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1550, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bill of sale was in 1550

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“Bill of sale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

bill of sale

: a formal instrument for the conveyance or transfer of title to goods and chattels
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