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indenture

noun in·den·ture \ in-ˈden-chər \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of indenture

1 a (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 plural
b :a formal certificate (such as an inventory or voucher) prepared for purposes of control
c :a document stating the terms under which a security (such as a bond) is issued
3 :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

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Origin and Etymology of indenture

Middle English endenture, from Anglo-French, from endenter


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indenture

verb

Definition of indenture

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

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First Known Use of indenture

1676


Law Dictionary

indenture

noun in·den·ture \ in-ˈden-chər \

legal Definition of indenture

1 :a document stating the terms under which a security (as a debenture or other bond) is issued; specificallyin 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 :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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