en·​dorse·​ment | \ in-ˈdȯr-smənt How to pronounce endorsement (audio) , en- \
variants: or less commonly indorsement \ in-​ˈdȯr-​smənt How to pronounce endorsement (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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web The brand, which is under contract as the official apparel supplier for ASU, created a Name, Image and Likeness endorsement (NIL) that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 8 Aug. 2022 Trump’s endorsement in the governor's race and has been spending millions of his own money, touting both the former president's backing and his years working to build his family’s business into Wisconsin’s largest construction company. Meg Kinnard, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2022 Meanwhile, Arizona saw a Trump-endorsement sweep in statewide races. Rick Klein, ABC News, 8 Aug. 2022 Thomas won the party’s convention endorsement in a five-person race and has rolled up more than 125 endorsements that include Merrill and more than 40 state legislators. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 7 Aug. 2022 The Park campaign plans to release a video of Villaraigosa on Monday, making the endorsement official. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2022 Yet the media uniformly closes its eyes to the problem, and treats the AARP’s endorsement of legislation as a gold seal of approval. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2022 Despite pleas from some Republicans to stay out of the race, Trump announced his support of Dixon with a late endorsement the Friday before Election Day. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 4 Aug. 2022 Masters earned Trump’s endorsement two months ago, partly due to Masters’ hardline stance on border and immigration issues. Joe Walsh, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of endorsement

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of endorsement was in 1547

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10 Aug 2022

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“Endorsement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endorsement. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for endorsement


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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