- certificate of indebtedness.
- a certificate of drawback issued at a custom house.
Origin of debenture
1425–75; late Middle English debentur < Latin dēbentur (mihi) there are owing (to me), 3rd person plural passive indicative of dēbēre to owe (see debt)
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Examples from the Web for debenture
The discovery of the debenture is perhaps only a coincidence.Metapsychical Phenomena
She could not for a fortune have defined the difference between a debenture and a share.
She had an idea that a debenture was, if anything, more fatal than a share.
I don't need to know what a debenture is, when Mr. Batchgrew's mixed up in it.
He first thought of trying to explain to her just what a debenture was.
- Also called: debenture bond a long-term bond, bearing fixed interest and usually unsecured, issued by a company or governmental agency
- a certificate acknowledging the debt of a stated sum of money to a specified person
- a customs certificate providing for a refund of excise or import duty
C15: from Latin phrase dēbentur mihi there are owed to me, from dēbēre to owe
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Word Origin and History for debenture
"written acknowledgment of a debt," early 15c., from Latin debentur "there are due" (said to have been the first word in formal certificates of indebtedness), passive present third person plural of debere "to owe" (see debt).
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