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[beyl-muh nt] /ˈbeɪl mənt/
noun, Law.
the delivery of personal property returnable to the bailor after being held for some purpose.
Origin of bailment
1545-55; earlier bailement < Anglo-French; Old French baillement. See bail1, -ment Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bailment
  • At common law a lease of personal property is a bailment for hire.
  • bailment involves the transfer of a possessory interest only and not an ownership interest in property.
  • The vehicle is subject to bailment and was driven by an employee of a business.
  • Special caution must be exercised in using the bailment instructions that follow.
British Dictionary definitions for bailment


(contract law) a contractual delivery of goods in trust to a person for a specific purpose
(criminal law) the act of granting bail
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