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[bondz-woo m-uh n]
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noun, plural bonds·wom·en. Law.
  1. a woman who is bound or who by bond becomes surety for another.
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Origin of bondswoman1

1605–15; bond's woman woman of the bond, i.e., its signer; see bondsman1, woman


[bondz-woo m-uh n]
noun, plural bonds·wom·en.
  1. bondwoman.
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Origin of bondswoman2

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  • It is possible for a woman to fulfil a bond and yet not be a bondswoman.

    Green Fire

    Fiona Macleod

  • In commemoration of the sacrifice by Abraham, according to the Koran, of Ishmael, child of his bondswoman.

  • Still the laws of the Republic made woman practically the bondswoman of man.

    Creed And Deed

    Felix Adler

  • In the preface to The Bondswoman's Son he confesses that he has sometimes wondered if he has incarnated different personalities.

  • A penance of seven years was imposed for perjury, with the additional penalty of setting free a bondsman or bondswoman.