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indenture

[in-den-cher] /ɪnˈdɛn tʃər/
noun
1.
a deed or agreement executed in two or more copies with edges correspondingly indented as a means of identification.
2.
any deed, written contract, or sealed agreement.
3.
a contract by which a person, as an apprentice, is bound to service.
4.
any official or formal list, certificate, etc., authenticated for use as a voucher or the like.
5.
the formal agreement between a group of bondholders and the debtor as to the terms of the debt.
verb (used with object), indentured, indenturing.
7.
to bind by indenture, as an apprentice.
8.
Archaic. to make a depression in; indent; wrinkle; furrow.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Medieval Latin indentūra. See indent1, -ure
Related forms
indentureship, noun
unindentured, adjective
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  • Bosses, of course, can get rich on this kind of indentured servitude.
  • They are currently indentured servants prohibited from holding other employment.
  • indentured servitude developed as a way around this.
  • More likely, an indebted peasant forfeited his small plot to a landlord and became indentured.
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  • As a previous poster pointed out, this essentially makes farmers indentured servants of agribusiness.
  • Modern-day indentured servitude, nothing more elegant or less oppressive.
British Dictionary definitions for indentured

indenture

/ɪnˈdɛntʃə/
noun
1.
any deed, contract, or sealed agreement between two or more parties
2.
(formerly) a deed drawn up in duplicate, each part having correspondingly indented edges for identification and security
3.
(often pl) a contract between an apprentice and his master
4.
a formal or official list or certificate authenticated for use as a voucher, etc
5.
a less common word for indentation
verb
6.
(intransitive) to enter into an agreement by indenture
7.
(transitive) to bind (an apprentice, servant, etc) by indenture
8.
(transitive) (obsolete) to indent or wrinkle
Derived Forms
indentureship, noun
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Word Origin and History for indentured
adj.

"bound by indenture," 1757, past participle adjective from indenture (v.).

indenture

n.

"contract for services," late 14c., from Anglo-French endenture, Old French endenteure "indentation," from endenter (see indent). Such contracts (especially between master craftsmen and apprentices) were written in full identical versions on a sheet of parchment, which was then cut apart in a zigzag, or "notched" line. Each party took one, and the genuineness of a document of indenture could be proved by juxtaposition with its counterpart. As a verb, 1650s, from the noun.

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