nexum

noun
nex·​um | \ ˈneksəm \
plural -s

Definition of nexum

Roman law
: a formal contract of loan with coin and balance in the presence of five witnesses under which the obligor could be seized and held in bondage for failure to perform

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History and Etymology for nexum

Latin, from neuter of nexus, past participle of nectere to bind

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“Nexum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nexum. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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