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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

  2. 2 :  indentation 1

  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

Origin and Etymology of indenture

Middle English endenture, from Anglo-French, from endenter


First Known Use: 14th century


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indenture

verb in·den·ture

Definition of indenture

indentured

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indenturing

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

1676

First Known Use of indenture

1676


Law Dictionary

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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