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

Six of those endorsements come from Johnson County, Iowa's most Democratic county. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Co-hosts for fourth Democratic debate are announced," 13 Sep. 2019 With Wisconsin's April presidential primary months away, there hasn't been a lot of endorsements in the state for the Democratic candidates. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State Rep. Jason Fields of Milwaukee endorses Joe Biden's presidential campaign," 12 Sep. 2019 His lack of endorsements from prominent black figures, in Indiana and beyond, is something to rectify too. A.r. | Chicago, The Economist, "Why Pete Buttigieg is losing momentum," 4 Sep. 2019 Recently, the mayor received a couple of notable endorsements from high profile politicos in the Granite State. Fox News, "Buttigieg focus on mental health resonating in New Hampshire," 4 Sep. 2019 Campillo, a native San Diegan and graduate of Harvard Law School, has emerged as the apparent favorite among the Democrats this summer with a slew of endorsements from local Democratic clubs and labor unions. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Republicans rallying to save one of two remaining San Diego council seats," 2 Sep. 2019 And beyond the seal of validation endorsements afford, union members still play a critical role in canvassing voters and mustering them to the polls. New York Times, "Labor Unions, Like Voters, Are Waiting to Pick a 2020 Favorite," 1 Sep. 2019 Safe districts accounted for 36 percent of endorsements in 2010, but 55 percent in 2018. Maggie Astor, BostonGlobe.com, "The NRA has Trump. But it has lost allies in Congress.," 26 Aug. 2019 That cross section of endorsements includes former state Supreme Court Chief Justice John Broderick, longtime state Sen. Lou D'Allesandro and Rep. Denny Ruprecht, currently the youngest representative in the State House. NBC News, "Running in New Hampshire, Joe Biden is a familiar face in unfamiliar territory," 23 Aug. 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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