partnership

[ pahrt-ner-ship ]
/ ˈpɑrt nərˌʃɪp /

noun

the state or condition of being a partner; participation; association; joint interest.
Law.
  1. the relation subsisting between partners.
  2. the contract creating this relation.
  3. an association of persons joined as partners in business.

Origin of partnership

First recorded in 1570–80; partner + -ship
Related formspre·part·ner·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for partnership

partnership

/ (ˈpɑːtnəʃɪp) /

noun

  1. a contractual relationship between two or more persons carrying on a joint business venture with a view to profit, each incurring liability for losses and the right to share in the profits
  2. the deed creating such a relationship
  3. the persons associated in such a relationship
the state or condition of being a partner
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Word Origin and History for partnership

partnership


n.

1570s, from partner (n.) + -ship. In the commercial sense from c.1700.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for partnership

partnership


An association of two or more persons to conduct a business. In contrast to a corporation, those who engage in a partnership are liable for debts incurred by the company to the full extent of their private fortunes rather than merely to the extent of their investment.

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