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  1. the state or condition of being a partner; participation; association; joint interest.
  2. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for partnership

Contemporary Examples of partnership

Historical Examples of partnership

  • After his admission to the bar, Mr. Chipman received him into partnership.

    Biographical Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • A partner has the right to draw out any, or all, of the partnership funds.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • We formed a partnership, with a capital of sixty thousand dollars.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • What about the thirty thousand dollars you got on that partnership swindle?

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • She had taken Anna into business with her, but the burden of the partnership had always been on Harriet.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for partnership


    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
  1. the state or condition of being a partner
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Word Origin and History for partnership

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

partnership in Culture


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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