a deed or agreement executed in two or more copies with edges correspondingly indented as a means of identification.
any deed, written contract, or sealed agreement.
a contract by which a person, as an apprentice, is bound to service.
any official or formal list, certificate, etc., authenticated for use as a voucher or the like.
the formal agreement between a group of bondholders and the debtor as to the terms of the debt.
to bind by indenture, as an apprentice.
Archaic. to make a depression in; wrinkle; furrow.
- in·den·ture·ship, noun
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How to use indenture in a sentence
But the pressure of need compelled his father to indenture him at an early age to a dyer in Lectourne.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
But her small boot heel did not make an indenture, not a mark upon the little glittering circlet.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
All the deeds above mentioned except an indenture, are signed only by the selling or granting party.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The new form of indenture also required the master to allow each apprentice a reasonable holiday in every year.English Poor Law Policy | Sidney Webb
As showing the position of an apprentice in the 15th century a Shrewsbury indenture is given as a note to this Chapter.The Influence and Development of English Gilds | Francis Aiden Hibbert
British Dictionary definitions for indenture
any deed, contract, or sealed agreement between two or more parties
(formerly) a deed drawn up in duplicate, each part having correspondingly indented edges for identification and security
(often plural) a contract between an apprentice and his master
a formal or official list or certificate authenticated for use as a voucher, etc
a less common word for indentation
(intr) to enter into an agreement by indenture
(tr) to bind (an apprentice, servant, etc) by indenture
(tr) obsolete to indent or wrinkle
- indentureship, noun
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