noun nex·um \ˈneksəm\

Definition of nexum



Roman law

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of nexum

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

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