- to compensate for damage or loss sustained, expense incurred, etc.
- to guard or secure against anticipated loss; give security against (future damage or liability).
Origin of indemnify
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1. recompense, reimburse, repay.
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Examples from the Web for indemnify
But the law does not even seek to indemnify a man from all harms.The Common Law
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
To indemnify himself he taxes for these, for forces their use.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)
Hippolyte A. Taine
And you,” he added, turning to me,—“are you willing to indemnify this man for damage done?A Tramp's Wallet
We have seen how he had already been enabled to indemnify himself.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66
John Lothrop Motley
If that is the case, you should indemnify the Rondics for their loss.Jack
- to secure against future loss, damage, or liability; give security for; insure
- to compensate for loss, injury, expense, etc; reimburse
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Word Origin and History for indemnify
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