debenture

noun

de·​ben·​ture di-ˈben-chər How to pronounce debenture (audio)
1
British : a corporate security other than an equity security : bond
2
: a bond backed by the general credit of the issuer rather than a specific lien on particular assets

Examples of debenture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The skyrocketing stock price is the result of small investors taking advantage of a short squeeze margin-call algorithm to leverage the arbitrage and thus create a classic liquidity debenture. Dave Barry, Washington Post, 26 Dec. 2021 Buying a debenture seat is obviously an attractive investment, particularly given the current volatility of global stock markets and extremely low interest rates? Danielle Rossingh, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 Funds from today’s debenture sale will be used for long term financing of the company’s large construction and service expansion in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. NOLA.com, 8 Dec. 2020 Impact on mutual fund industry: The debt funds of many asset management companies (AMCs) took a severe beating as many of them had an exposure to the bonds and non-convertible debentures (NCDs) of the bank. Vatsal Bhandari, Quartz India, 16 Mar. 2020 In July, a key measure of the market’s wariness toward smaller Chinese banks (the yield gap between low- and top-rated non-convertible debentures) surged to as much as six times wider than before the Baoshang takeover. Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2019 In August, a key measure of the market’s wariness toward smaller Chinese banks (the yield gap between low- and top-rated non-convertible debentures) had surged to as much as six times wider than before the Baoshang takeover. Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2019 Get our daily newsletter Around a sixth of seats on Centre Court, where the big-draw matches are played, are reserved for debenture-holders, who pay through the nose for a specific seat for five years. The Economist, 11 July 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English debentur, from Latin, they are due, 3rd plural present passive of debēre to owe — more at debt

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of debenture was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Debenture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/debenture. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition

debenture

noun
de·​ben·​ture di-ˈben-chər How to pronounce debenture (audio)
: an unsecured bond that is backed by the issuer's general credit rather than a specific lien

called also debenture bond

see also indenture compare mortgage bond at bond

Note: Debentures are often convertible to stocks.

Etymology

Anglo-French debentour and Medieval Latin debentura, perhaps from Latin debentur they are owed

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