noun (1)
bonds·​man | \ ˈbän(d)z-mən How to pronounce bondsman (audio) \

Definition of bondsman

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: one who assumes the responsibility of a bond : surety


noun (2)
bonds·​man | \ ˈbän(d)z-mən How to pronounce bondsman (audio) \

less common variant of

: slave, serf

Examples of bondsman in a Sentence

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A few weeks after the verdict, the bondsman returned about $5,740 and kept the rest. New York Times, "Comptroller Calls for Removing Profit From City’s Bail Equation," 16 Jan. 2018 The costs of incarceration — whether its fees paid to probation officers or payments made to bail bondsmen — add up, and can be debilitating for families that are already financially vulnerable. Jasmine Sanders, New York Times, "‘If We Let Everybody Go, There’d Be Nobody in Prison’," 13 May 2018 The bondsman, Ben Bennight, took a screenshot and flagged the comment to YouTube, which removed the post. Author: Adam Goldman, Patricia Mazzei, Anchorage Daily News, "FBI’s near-encounter with suspect in school shooting draws scrutiny," 16 Feb. 2018 If approved, the defendant can put up the bond money directly or seek the help of a bail bondsman. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 14 June 2018 In criminal cases, unlike civil immigration-court proceedings, those seeking release usually pay only 10 percent to a bail bondsman, who supplies the full amount. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "In one Washington state immigration court, bonds are among the highest in the country and asylum is granted less often," 5 Aug. 2018 The industry employs 7,000 Californians, including 3,200 licensed bail bondsmen, according to a report by the Sacramento Bee. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "California's bail bondsmen say new law will 'totally kill' business: 'This is bad'," 31 Aug. 2018 But those in the bail bond business say the ones facing the most risk right now are the bail bondsmen themselves. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "California's bail bondsmen say new law will 'totally kill' business: 'This is bad'," 31 Aug. 2018 In most cases, a friend or family member will post cash bail or use a bail bondsman. New York Times, "Cash Is Still Hard to Find in New York City Courthouses," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of bondsman

Noun (1)

1713, in the meaning defined above

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bonds·​man | \ ˈbändz-mən How to pronounce bondsman (audio) \

Legal Definition of bondsman

: one who accepts responsibility as surety for the obligations of another and especially for bail

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