Definition of Hypothecate

1. Verb. Pledge without delivery or title of possession.

Generic synonyms: Pledge

2. Verb. To believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds. "They hypothecate that there was a traffic accident "; "Scientists supposed that large dinosaurs lived in swamps"

Definition of Hypothecate

1. v. t. To subject, as property, to liability for a debt or engagement without delivery of possession or transfer of title; to pledge without delivery of possession; to mortgage, as ships, or other personal property; to make a contract by bottomry. See Hypothecation, Bottomry.

Definition of Hypothecate

1. Verb. (legal) To pledge property or an existing mortgage as surety for a loan ¹

2. Verb. (politics British) To designate a new tax or tax increase for a specific expenditure ¹

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Definition of Hypothecate


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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hypothecate

hypothalamic sulcus
hypothalamo-hypophyseal system
hypothalamocerebellar fibres
hypothalamohypophysial portal circulation
hypothalamohypophysial portal system
hypothalamohypophysial tract
hypothecate (current term)
hypothenar eminence
hypothenar prominence

Literary usage of Hypothecate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Revised Laws of the State of California: In Four Codes : Political, Civil by California, Creed Haymond, John Chilton Burch, Charles Lindley (1871)
"The master of a ship may hypothecate it when mm.. upon bottomry, only for the purpose of procuring repairs hypothecate or supplies which are necessary for ..."

2. Commentaries on American Law by James Kent, John Melville Gould, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1901)
"... the stipulations in a charter party so made hy the master, by a special action on the case, or by a suit in equity, (a) (3.) To hypothecate Ship, Cargo, ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Pledges: Including Collateral Securities by Leonard Augustus Jones (1901)
"1 V. His Right to Use and hypothecate Pledged Stock. § 501. Authority to use collateral stock.—In the absence of an agreement on the part of the pledger, ..."

4. A Treatise on the Law of Marine Insurance and Average: With References to by Joseph Arnould (1849)
"Power of the Master to sell or hypothecate Part P of the Cargo for the Sake of the Ship. § 81. There is no doubt that if the master in the course of the ..."

5. A Treatise Upon Some of the General Principles of the Law: Whether of a by William Wait (1878)
"... is not such duress as will avoid its effect. The Senator, 1 Brown's Adm. 544. § 8. Power to hypothecate vessel. See Art. 3, ante, 686, Bottomry and ..."

6. The Revised Reports by Robert Campbell, Frederick Pollock, Oliver Augustus Saunders, Arthur Beresford Cane, Joseph Gerald Pease, William Bowstead, Great Britain Courts (1902)
"The master is not bound to hypothecate the ship or cargo. (PARKE, B.: Is the application of the money to the purposes of the vessel anything more than ..."

7. American Statute Law: An Analytical and Compared Digest by Frederic Jesup Stimson (1892)
"... any stock, scrip, or evidence of debt of such corporation, or who shall sell or offer for sale, hypothecate, or otherwise dispose of any such stock, ..."

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