debenture

[ dih-ben-cher ]
/ dɪˈbɛn tʃər /

noun

a certificate of drawback issued at a custom house.

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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)

OTHER WORDS FROM debenture

de·ben·tured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for debenture

debenture
/ (dɪˈbɛntʃə) /

noun

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

Derived forms of debenture

debentured, adjective

Word Origin for debenture

C15: from Latin phrase dēbentur mihi there are owed to me, from dēbēre to owe
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