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# indenture

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noun in·den·ture \in-ˈden-chər\

## Definition of indenture

1. 1a (1) :  a document or a section of a document that is indented (2) :  a formal or official document usually executed in two or more copies (3) :  a contract binding one person to work for another for a given period of time —often used in pluralb :  a formal certificate (such as an inventory or voucher) prepared for purposes of controlc :  a document stating the terms under which a security (such as a bond) is issued

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3. 3 [3indent] :  dent

## Examples of indenture in a Sentence

1. the dropped hammer left an indenture in the floor

2. made a small indenture to mark the spot where the plank was to be sawed

## Recent Examples of indenture from the Web

• Those documents, known as indentures, set initial interest rates of 6.39 percent on the $275 million loan and 6.41 percent on the$112 million loan through July 2.

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## Origin and Etymology of indenture

Middle English endenture, from Anglo-French, from endenter

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verb in·den·ture

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## indenturing

play \in-ˈden-ch(ə-)riŋ\
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2. :  to bind (someone, such as an apprentice) by or as if by indentures

## Recent Examples of indenture from the Web

• Though baseball’s reserve clause left that era’s players indentured to team owners, Mr. Bunning was never afraid to speak out.
• The Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operetta centers around Frederic, a 21-year old man who has been indentured to pirates until his 21st birthday.

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## indenture

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noun in·den·ture \in-ˈden-chər\

## Legal Definition of indenture

1. 1 :  a document stating the terms under which a security (as a debenture or other bond) is issued; specifically in bankruptcy law :  a document (as a mortgage or deed of trust) under which there is outstanding security constituting a claim against a debtor, a claim secured by a lien on any of the debtor's property, or an equity security of the debtor

2. 2 :  a deed or other document to which two or more parties (as both grantor and grantee) are bound

## Origin and Etymology of indenture

Old French endenture an indented document, from endenter to indent (divide a document into sections with irregular edges that can be matched for authentication), from en- thoroughly + dent tooth

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