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
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Recent Examples on the Web Most call it a hold, which on Wall Street is a lukewarm endorsement at best. John Dorfman, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The fact she was moved from the Richard Baltas barn and moved to the Javier Jose Sierra barn, not to mention being dropped to the bottom, isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement despite Umberto Rispoli taking the call. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2021 This is not an endorsement of everything done by Koby Altman in his four seasons. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 30 May 2021 The finale to these testimonials is an endorsement from Malala Yousafzai, the education-equality activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, and her best friend, Vee. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 27 May 2021 An investment by Buffett is a tacit endorsement of a company that can prompt other investors to buy shares too. Alexander Coolidge, The Enquirer, 26 May 2021 Though the principal motivation was the continuing fallout from COVID-19, this was a wholehearted White House endorsement of spending priorities that Jayapal and her colleagues on the left of the Democratic Party had long advocated. Peter Slevin, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 Tuesday’s vote was not an overwhelming endorsement of the project. New York Times, 1 May 2021 That's hardly an endorsement of trillions in new spending and a checklist of progressive policy priorities. Rick Klein, ABC News, 26 Apr. 2021

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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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11 Jun 2021

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“Endorsement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endorsement. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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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