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

Definition of bondsman

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rivera, whose left wrist was bandaged, posted $100,000 surety bail through a bondsman., 13 May 2021 Benson faces charges of theft of property and criminal impersonation of a bail bondsman, deputies said. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, 14 Apr. 2021 Oyos said police assume the man failed to show up for court and the a bail bondsman who posted the bond sent the recovery agents. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Mar. 2021 She was instructed that the bail bondsman would require $29,000 in order for her nephew to be released and the victim complied. Bob Blubaugh,, 7 Dec. 2020 He was released after a bondsman posted 10 percent of his $2,500 bond. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 10 Dec. 2020 Burns got from a bail bondsman in Ohio, according to the opinion. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 9 Nov. 2020 Wealthy people are able to buy their way out, whereas a poor person is in a bind that could leave them with a life of debt to a bondsman. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 Kelly Albritton, a former bail bondsman in Kinston, N.C., claimed third place in the tournament with a 39.51-pound king mackerel. Jonathan Abrams, New York Times, 1 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bondsman

Noun (1)

1713, in the meaning defined above

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“Bondsman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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