en·​dorse·​ment | \ in-ˈdȯr-smənt How to pronounce endorsement (audio) , en-\
variants: or less commonly indorsement \ in-​ˈdȯr-​smənt How to pronounce indorsement (audio) \

Definition of endorsement

1 : the act or process of endorsing
2a : something that is written in the process of endorsing
b : a provision added to an insurance contract altering its scope or application
3 : sanction, approval went ahead without the endorsement of his boss
4 : money earned from a product recommendation made millions in salary and endorsements

Examples of endorsement in a Sentence

The newspaper has announced its political endorsements. We're pleased that the project has received your endorsement. Without official endorsement, the project cannot proceed. Many retired athletes are able to make a lot of money by doing product endorsements. The bank requires that someone witness the endorsement of the check. We need your endorsement before we can cash this check. the endorsement of a license receive an endorsement for speeding
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Recent Examples on the Web

The Working Families Party announced Friday its endorsements for Hartford city council and the resignation of current councilor and Working Families member Claudine Fox. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Working Families Party endorses Hartford city council candidates; Current member stepping down," 16 Aug. 2019 The party is expected to make its formal endorsement Friday. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Candidates seek Democratic backing for state’s highest court, Cook County judicial races," 15 Aug. 2019 Sunscreen manufacturers once paid the American Academy of Dermatology for its endorsement, too, though that program is also defunct. Eric Topol, The New Yorker, "Why Doctors Should Organize," 5 Aug. 2019 Asaravala said the previous board members were excited to see how many people were interested in leading the club and gave their endorsement to himself and his fellow new board members. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Poway Democratic Club welcomes new president, board," 2 Aug. 2019 Cal Fire Fighters union Local #2881 Vice President David Leonardi speaks at a news conference announcing his organization’s endorsement of the Newland Sierra housing development in North County. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Campaign to uphold approval of Newland Sierra housing development launched," 26 July 2019 Since Cole is a part of young Hollywood, his endorsement means big bucks for brands and in turn, him. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Cole Sprouse's Net Worth Is Still Sky High Thanks to "Riverdale"," 24 July 2019 Several of his rivals have backed the Green New Deal, including California Sen. Kamala Harris — who touted her endorsement of that approach last night. Mark Matthews, Scientific American, "Second Democratic Debate Highlights Divergence on Green New Deal," 28 June 2019 Their endorsement will have weight with the private sector, says Sonja Gibbs of the IIF. The Economist, "How to stop governments borrowing behind their people’s backs," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of endorsement

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of endorsement

: a public or official statement of support or approval
: the act of publicly saying that you like or use a product or service in exchange for money
: the act or result of writing your name on the back of a check


variants: also indorsement

Legal Definition of endorsement

1 : the act or process of endorsing
2 : an inscription (as a signature or notation) on a document or instrument especially : an inscription usually on the back of a negotiable instrument that transfers or guarantees the instrument
blank endorsement
: an endorsement (as a signature) of a negotiable instrument that does not name a transferee and that makes the instrument payable to bearer

called also endorsement in blank

qualified endorsement
: an endorsement of a negotiable instrument with words (as “without recourse”) that limit or qualify the endorser's liability
restrictive endorsement
: an endorsement of a negotiable instrument with words (as “for deposit only”) that limit the further negotiation of the instrument

Note: A restrictive endorsement does not prevent further negotiation of the instrument under the Uniform Commercial Code.

special endorsement
: an endorsement of a negotiable instrument with words (as “Pay to Jane Doe”) that make the instrument payable to a specified person
3 : a provision added to an insurance policy that alters its coverage a theft endorsement

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