en·​dorse·​ment | \ in-ˈdȯr-smənt, en-\
variants: or less commonly indorsement \ in-​ˈdȯr-​smənt \

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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The enthusiasm was double-edged, an endorsement of Flannery and a rebuke of Immelt. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 To be clear, this isn’t an anti-showering endorsement. Sandra Song, Teen Vogue, "Dove's $6 Dry Shampoo Helps Colored Hair Last Twice As Long," 28 Nov. 2018 Two years ago, Andrea was voted the best winemaker in the world [by Wine Enthusiast], that's an endorsement that's coming not just from wine experts, but from industry colleagues and fellow winemakers. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa's Top Sommelier on Where to Find the Best Wine," 12 Oct. 2018 The party also withdrew its endorsement of a former state senator with multiple drunk driving arrests, who is vying for the open state Senate seat. Alex Seitz-wald /, NBC News, "Rhode Island Democrats rescind endorsements following backlash," 5 July 2018 Roby was the first member of Congress to withdraw her endorsement of the Republican president in 2016 after he was caught on video bragging about grabbing women’s genitals. Steve Peoples And Michael R. Blood, BostonGlobe.com, "Democrats hope for ‘blue wave’ push from 8-state primary day," 6 June 2018 That's certainly the case for vulnerable Alabama Rep. Martha Roby, a Republican who faces a difficult primary challenge after becoming the first to withdraw her endorsement of Trump in 2016. Steve Peoples And Michael Blood, The Christian Science Monitor, "California, other midterm primary matchups show potential for blue wave," 5 June 2018 Roy won the endorsement of the House Freedom Caucus, which consists of the GOP’s most conservative members. Bill Lambrecht, San Antonio Express-News, "Ortiz Jones to face Hurd in S.A. congressional district," 22 May 2018 Both DeWine and Cordray had marked fundraising advantages and in DeWine's case, the endorsement of the Ohio Republican Party. Seth A. Richardson & Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Here are the 9 most interesting storylines from this week's Ohio primary election," 11 May 2018

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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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