a certificate of drawback issued at a custom house.

1425–75; late Middle English debentur < Latin dēbentur (mihi) there are owing (to me), 3rd person plural passive indicative of dēbēre to owe (see debt)

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debenture (dɪˈbɛntʃə)
1.  Also called: debenture bond a long-term bond, bearing fixed interest and usually unsecured, issued by a company or governmental agency
2.  a certificate acknowledging the debt of a stated sum of money to a specified person
3.  a customs certificate providing for a refund of excise or import duty
[C15: from Latin phrase dēbentur mihi there are owed to me, from dēbēre to owe]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from L. debentur "there are due," said to have been the first word in formal certificates of indebtedness.
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Example sentences
Even so, the debenture systems are opaque-the ratio between debenture-holders and accepted students is unknown.
The account was to be used ostensibly to deliver investors' funds into a debenture trading program.
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