in·den·ture /in-'den-chər/ n [Old French endenture an indented document, from endenter to indent (divide a document into sections with irregular edges that can be matched for authentication), from en- thoroughly + dent tooth]
1: a document stating the terms under which a security (as a debenture or other bond) is issued; specif in bankruptcy law: a document (as a mortgage or deed of trust) under which there is outstanding security constituting a claim against a debtor, a claim secured by a lien on any of the debtor's property, or an equity security of the debtor
2: a deed or other document to which two or more parties (as both grantor and grantee) are bound

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun agreement, agreement to work, apprenticeship agreement, arrangement, commitment, compact, contract, contract to work, contractual obligation, contractual statement, covenant, deed of agreement, instrument, mutual agreement, mutual undertaking, pact, pactum, stipulation, undertaking II index bind (obligate), bond, bond (secure a debt), compact, obligation (liability), pact, security (stock), servitude, specialty (contract), undertake

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) A formal agreement conveying real estate from one party to another and binding both parties with obligations.
(2) An agreement issuing corporate bonds and debentures, often between a corporation and an indenture trustee, who holds title to the trust property and carries out the terms of the agreement.
(3) Historically, a legal contract made into several copies with the edges indented to mark them as authentic.
(4) Historically, an agreement in which a person in the British colonies agreed to pay the transportation costs for someone who wanted to immigrate in exchange for the recipient’s labor for a specified number of years; the recipient was called an indentured servant.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

1) Generally, any written agreement between two parties.
2) A real estate deed in which two parties agree to continuing obligations; for example, one party may agree to maintain the property and the other to make periodic payments.
3) In finance, a written agreement that describes the borrowers' responsibility to the lenders in a bond or debenture issue and states the maturity date and the interest rate; also called a bond indenture.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

A written agreement between the issuer of debt securities (debt security) (such as bonds, notes or debentures) and the trustee for the debt securities acting as a representative of the securityholders that specifies the terms and conditions of the debt securities, including interest rate, maturity, redemption, timing and methods of payment, covenants, events of default (event of default) and information regarding the trustee and any other specifically negotiated terms and conditions.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. A document such as a mortgage or deed of trust, which provides for security for a financial obligation, and which sets forth essential terms such as interest rate and due date or maturity date.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

An agreement declaring the benefits and obligations of two or more parties, often applicable in the context of bankruptcy and bond trading.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

An agreement declaring the benefits and obligations of two or more parties, often applicable in the context of bankruptcy and bond trading.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) a type of real property deed in which two parties agree to continuing mutual obligations. One party may agree to maintain the property, while the other agrees to make periodic payments.
   2) a contract binding one person to work for another.
   3) v. to bind a person to work for another.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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  • indenture — Any deed, written contract or sealed agreement. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) Under Title 11 U.S.C. Section 101: (28) The term indenture means mortgage, deed of trust, or indenture, under which there is outstanding a security, other… …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • indenture — (n.) contract for services, late 14c., from Anglo Fr. endenture, O.Fr. endenteure indentation, from endenter (see INDENT (Cf. indent)). Such contracts (especially between master craftsmen and apprentices) were written in full identical versions… …   Etymology dictionary

  • indenture — ► NOUN 1) a formal agreement, contract, or list, formerly one of which copies with indented edges were made for the contracting parties. 2) an agreement binding an apprentice to a master. 3) historical a contract by which a person agreed to work… …   English terms dictionary

  • indenture — [in den′chər] n. [ME endenture < OFr & < ML indentura: see INDENT1: now used also as if < INDENT2] 1. Now Rare INDENTATION 2. a written contract or agreement: originally, it was in duplicate, the two copies having correspondingly notched …   English World dictionary

  • Indenture — In*den ture (?; 135), n. [OE. endenture, OF. endenture, LL. indentura a deed in duplicate, with indented edges. See the Note below. See {Indent}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act of indenting, or state of being indented. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indenture — In*den ture, v. i. To run or wind in and out; to be cut or notched; to indent. Heywood. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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