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[pig-nuh s]
noun, plural pig·no·ra [pig-ner-uh] /ˈpɪg nər ə/. Roman and Civil Law.
  1. property held as security for a debt.
  2. the contract containing such a pledge.
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Origin of pignus

< Latin: literally, pledge
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Historical Examples

  • The Roman word "pignus," which Plutarch translates by ἐνέχυρα, means a thing pawned and delivered as a security to the pawnee.

    Plutarch's Lives Volume III.


  • ContentsContents p.4cross-reference: return to footnote of "Pignus Amoris"