Indenture
Indenture In*den"ture (?; 135), n. [OE. endenture, OF. endenture, LL. indentura a deed in duplicate, with indented edges. See the Note below. See {Indent}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of indenting, or state of being indented. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) A mutual agreement in writing between two or more parties, whereof each party has usually a counterpart or duplicate, sometimes with the edges indented for purpose of identification; sometimes in the pl., a short form for {indentures of apprenticeship}, the contract by which a youth is bound apprentice to a master. [1913 Webster]

The law is the best expositor of the gospel; they are like a pair of indentures: they answer in every part. --C. Leslie. [1913 Webster]

Note: Indentures were originally duplicates, laid together and indented by a notched cut or line, or else written on the same piece of parchment and separated by a notched line so that the two papers or parchments corresponded to each other. But indenting has gradually become a mere form, and is often neglected, while the writings or counterparts retain the name of indentures. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence: A contract by which anyone is bound to service. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • indenture — in·den·ture /in den chər/ n [Old French endenture an indented document, from endenter to indent (divide a document into sections with irregular edges that can be matched for authentication), from en thoroughly + dent tooth] 1: a document stating… …   Law dictionary

  • Indenture — In*den ture, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Indentured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Indenturing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To indent; to make hollows, notches, or wrinkles in; to furrow. [1913 Webster] Though age may creep on, and indenture the brow. Woty. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indenture — Any deed, written contract or sealed agreement. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) Under Title 11 U.S.C. Section 101: (28) The term indenture means mortgage, deed of trust, or indenture, under which there is outstanding a security, other… …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • indenture — (n.) contract for services, late 14c., from Anglo Fr. endenture, O.Fr. endenteure indentation, from endenter (see INDENT (Cf. indent)). Such contracts (especially between master craftsmen and apprentices) were written in full identical versions… …   Etymology dictionary

  • indenture — ► NOUN 1) a formal agreement, contract, or list, formerly one of which copies with indented edges were made for the contracting parties. 2) an agreement binding an apprentice to a master. 3) historical a contract by which a person agreed to work… …   English terms dictionary

  • indenture — [in den′chər] n. [ME endenture < OFr & < ML indentura: see INDENT1: now used also as if < INDENT2] 1. Now Rare INDENTATION 2. a written contract or agreement: originally, it was in duplicate, the two copies having correspondingly notched …   English World dictionary

  • Indenture — In*den ture, v. i. To run or wind in and out; to be cut or notched; to indent. Heywood. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indenture — /indentyar/ In business financing, a written agreement under which bonds and debentures are issued, setting forth form of bond, maturity date, amount of issue, description of pledged assets, interest rate, and other terms. Typically, the contract …   Black's law dictionary

  • indenture — /indentyar/ In business financing, a written agreement under which bonds and debentures are issued, setting forth form of bond, maturity date, amount of issue, description of pledged assets, interest rate, and other terms. Typically, the contract …   Black's law dictionary

  • Indenture — NOTOC An Indenture is a legal contract between two parties, particularly for indentured labour or a term of apprenticeship but also for certain land transactions. The term comes from the medieval English indenture of retainer cite… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”