sponsion

noun spon·sion \ˈspänchən\

Definition of sponsion

plural

-s

  1. 1 Roman law :  suretyship accessory to oral contracts and available only to Roman citizens

  2. 2 :  the act of becoming surety; especially :  a formal pledge made on behalf of another

  3. 3 :  an act or engagement on behalf of a state undertaken by an agent not specially authorized or by one who exceeds the limits of his authority and requiring for validity ratification by the state

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Origin and Etymology of sponsion

Latin sponsion-, sponsio, literally, solemn promise, pledge, from sponsus (past participle of spondēre to promise solemnly) + -ion-, -io -ion — more at spouse


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