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bondsman1

[bondz-muh n]
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noun, plural bonds·men. Law.
  1. a person who by bond becomes surety for another.

Origin of bondsman1

1725–35; bond's man man of the bond, i.e., its signer; see bond1, 's1, man1

bondsman2

[bondz-muh n]
noun, plural bonds·men.
  1. bondman.

Origin of bondsman2

First recorded in 1250–1300, bondsman is from the Middle English word bondesman. See bond2, 's1, man1
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bondsman

noun plural -men
  1. law a person bound by bond to act as surety for another
  2. another word for bondservant
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Word Origin and History for bondsmen

bondsman

n.

"one who stands surety by bond," 1754, from bond (n.) + man (n.), with genitive -s- added probably in part to avoid confusion with bondman.

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