Definition of Indenture

1. Noun. A concave cut into a surface or edge (as in a coastline).

Exact synonyms: Indentation
Specialized synonyms: Notch, Notch, Cleft
Generic synonyms: Concave Shape, Concavity, Incurvation, Incurvature

2. Verb. Bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant. "An indentured servant"
Exact synonyms: Indent
Generic synonyms: Bind, Hold, Obligate, Oblige

3. Noun. Formal agreement between the issuer of bonds and the bondholders as to terms of the debt.
Generic synonyms: Written Agreement

4. Noun. A contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term.
Generic synonyms: Contract
Derivative terms: Indent

5. Noun. The space left between the margin and the start of an indented line.
Exact synonyms: Indent, Indentation, Indention
Generic synonyms: Blank Space, Place, Space
Derivative terms: Indent, Indent

Definition of Indenture

1. n. The act of indenting, or state of being indented.

2. v. t. To indent; to make hollows, notches, or wrinkles in; to furrow.

3. v. i. To run or wind in and out; to be cut or notched; to indent.

Definition of Indenture

1. Noun. (legal) A contract which binds a person to work for another, under specified conditions, for a specified time (often as an apprentice). ¹

2. Noun. (legal) A document, written as duplicates separated by indentations, specifying such a contract. ¹

3. Noun. An indentation. ¹

4. Verb. To bind a person under such a contract. ¹

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Definition of Indenture


Lexicographical Neighbors of Indenture

indenture (current term)
indentured servant
indentured servants
independence number

Literary usage of Indenture

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

1. A General Abridgment of Law and Equity: Alphabetically Digested Under Proper by Charles Viner (1794)
"indenture declares the ufe of a fine with render of rent to B. end his heirs ... If ufe is declared by indenture, yet the parties may alter the ufe by other ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"(а) If the bond holders, it is impossible to infer from the indenture any intent on their part to apply the money paid by them to the Corporation for their ..."

3. The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Or, A Commentary Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham by Edward Coke, Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Charles Butler, Matthew Hale, Heneage Finch Nottingham (1823)
"AL SO if an estate bee made by indenture to one for terme of his Hfe, the remainder to another in fe.e upon a certaine condition, ..."

4. Chitty's Treatise on Pleading and Parties to Actions: With Second and Third by Joseph Chitty, Henry Greening (1844)
"And the defendant further saith, that the said indenture was and is made and ... Plea, to a declaration on a sea apprentice indenture for not finding ..."

5. The Justice of the Peace and Parish Officer: Continued to the Present Time by Richard Burn (1797)
"If any matter, having for- • feited the double duty, (ball pay the fame, and tender the indenture to be (lamped, within two years after the determination of ..."

6. A Treatise on the Parties to Actions, the Forms of Actions, and on Pleading by Joseph Chitty, John A. Dunlap (1819)
"As by the said last- mentioned indenture, reference being thereunto had, will, amongst other things, more fully and at large appear. ..."

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