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indemnify

[ in-dem-nuh-fahy ]
/ 瑟n藞d蓻m n蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), in路dem路ni路fied, in路dem路ni路fy路ing.
to compensate for damage or loss sustained, expense incurred, etc.
to guard or secure against anticipated loss; give security against (future damage or liability).
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Origin of indemnify

1605鈥15; <Latin indemni(s) without loss (see indemnity) + -fy

OTHER WORDS FROM indemnify

in路dem路ni路fi路er, nounpre路in路dem路ni路fy, verb (used with object), pre路in路dem路ni路fied, pre路in路dem路ni路fy路ing.un路in路dem路ni路fied, adjective
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What does聽indemnify mean?

To indemnify is to insure someone against potential damages or loss or to compensate someone for damages or money spent.

Insurance coverage indemnifies a person by insuring them for certain potential situations, such as damages to their property from natural disasters or accidents. Indemnify is commonly used in legal contracts to secure protection against being sued or held responsible for an accident. The noun form of indemnify is indemnity, which refers to such protection and is often used in phrases like indemnity clause.

Example: The whole purpose of car insurance is to indemnify you in case you get into an accident鈥攂uying insurance after an accident happens won鈥檛 cover you.

Where does聽indemnify come from?

The first records of indemnify come from the 1600s. It comes from the Latin indemni(s), meaning 鈥渨ithout loss.鈥 This is formed from the prefix in-, which has a negating effect equivalent to un-,聽and demn-, from damnum, meaning 鈥渓oss.鈥

Indemnify is most commonly used in the context of insurance and legal contracts. Insurance coverage indemnifies the policy holder, meaning it protects against financial liability for damages or loss. Damages refers to those that happen to a piece of property like a car or house, or to injuries suffered by a person. Loss refers to things like the loss of income one might experience because they can鈥檛 work. If a person is indemnified for these things, they get compensated for (at least part of) the money lost or spent.

In corporate law, an indemnity agreement can indemnify a company鈥檚 executives against personally being sued if the company is sued.

Indemnify is sometimes used in a metaphorical way to mean 鈥渢o protect,鈥 as in Your wealth will not indemnify you from disease.

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What are some other forms related to indemnify?

  • indemnity (noun)
  • indemnification (noun)
  • indemnifier (noun)
  • preindemnify (verb)
  • indemnified (past tense verb, adjective)
  • unindemnified (adjective)

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How is聽indemnify used in real life?

Indemnify is most commonly used in a technical way in the context of insurance and legal contracts, but it is sometimes used in a metaphorical way.

 

 

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This coverage indemnifies you in the event of flooding.

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British Dictionary definitions for indemnify

indemnify
/ (瑟n藞d蓻mn瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
to secure against future loss, damage, or liability; give security for; insure
to compensate for loss, injury, expense, etc; reimburse

Derived forms of indemnify

indemnification, nounindemnifier, noun
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