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

Definition of endorsement 

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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: Noun

The book had an endorsement from Mr. Lane and mentioned his Christian men’s group. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "The Sexting Scandal That Toppled One of America’s Most Powerful Lawyers," 13 July 2018 The complaint comes as Patronis is set to secure an endorsement from the Fraternal Order of Police, to be formally announced Friday. Gray Rohrer, OrlandoSentinel.com, "CFO Jimmy Patronis sideswiped by ethics complaint over car crash," 12 July 2018 There are leftists, unions, far-right conservatives, and endorsements from the Catholic Church. Azam Ahmed And Paulina Villegas, BostonGlobe.com, "Leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador will be Mexico’s next president," 2 July 2018 Both have made repeated visits there and both have trumpeted endorsements from Puerto Rican political leaders. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Poll of Puerto Ricans in Florida has good news for Dems — and for Gov. Scott," 30 June 2018 Cloud ran with endorsements from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and former congressman Ron Paul. Sean Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Republican wins Texas special election to succeed disgraced GOP congressman," 30 June 2018 Endorsed by celebrities Tech firms buoyed by endorsements from figures such as Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps have promoted apps as an accessible and cost-effective way to get round-the-clock therapy. Ken Alltucker, Alex Connor And Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Mobile therapy apps: With suicide rates on the rise, can text chats rescue those on the edge?," 15 June 2018 The distributor earned endorsement from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and garnered media attention from Bon Appetit, Forbes, and many more. The Christian Science Monitor, "Local and sustainably caught seafood? Maybe not.," 15 June 2018 Lee, who has been named to the DCCC’s Red to Blue list, has secured endorsements from incumbent Jacky Rosen, former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, and former Vice President Joe Biden. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Voters head to the polls in Virginia, Nevada, Maine, and South Carolina.," 11 June 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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