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[bondz-woo m-uh n] /ˈbɒndzˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural bondswomen. Law.
a woman who is bound or who by bond becomes surety for another.
Origin of bondswoman1
1605-15; bond's woman woman of the bond, i.e., its signer; see bondsman1, woman


[bondz-woo m-uh n] /ˈbɒndzˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural bondswomen.
bond2 + 's1 + woman Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In the preface to The bondswoman's Son he confesses that he has sometimes wondered if he has incarnated different personalities.

    August Strindberg, the Spirit of Revolt L. (Lizzy) Lind-af-Hageby
  • In commemoration of the sacrifice by Abraham, according to the Koran, of Ishmael, child of his bondswoman.

  • Still the laws of the Republic made woman practically the bondswoman of man.

    Creed And Deed Felix Adler
  • A penance of seven years was imposed for perjury, with the additional penalty of setting free a bondsman or bondswoman.

  • It is possible for a woman to fulfil a bond and yet not be a bondswoman.

    Green Fire Fiona Macleod

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