Adjective "indentured" definition and examples

(Indentured may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


A legal agreement, contract, or document.
  1. 'By an indenture of the same date executed by them, the Somerset Estate was appointed and transferred to the 4th Duke.'
  2. 'The two halves of the indenture, preserved in the Records Office of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, show that Shakespeare was represented by his brother Gilbert.'
  3. 'indentures recording the number of 1377 taxpayers'
  4. 'The indenture conveying these rights was left in the hands of George Holdrege of the Burlington railroad.'
  5. 'Many of the local indentures of the fifteenth century survive too; at first glance they seem informative, but can be misleading as to electoral method.'
  6. 'The creditors said that the bond indenture allowed a foreclosure on the company's assets in lieu of repayment.'
  7. 'the 30 apprentices have received their indentures on completion of their training'
  8. 'His medical training began in 1820 with his indenture to a local surgeon.'
  9. 'Apprentices' indentures issued by the Edinburgh College of Surgeons in the 1720s forbad trainees to exhume the dead - which suggests that they had been doing so.'
  10. 'We note that in The Parish of St Pancras case an attorney's clerk, articled by indenture, was held to be an apprentice and to gain a settlement as such for poor law purposes.'
  11. 'Shakespeare was married at the age of 19 to Anne Hathaway, probably before his indenture to the butcher was over.'
  12. 'the bracelet on his wrist represented his indenture to his master'
  13. 'Even girls without a good relationship with their parents forgave them and accepted their indenture as a filial duty.'
  14. 'The second difference between the Han and aboriginal indentured girls is the family members involved in their indenture.'
  15. 'This was referred to as ‘adoption’ and was distinct from binding them to labor for a master under indenture.'
  16. 'More would have made the trans-Atlantic voyage, but poverty had forced many into debt or indenture.'
  17. 'When their terms of indenture were over, some moved to Johannesburg and Cape Town, but most remained in the eastern region.'
  18. 'Labour drawn from a reserve became regulated through systems of migration where migrants were employed on contracts known as indentures.'
  19. 'Moreover, the abrogation of indenture contracts in 1900 eliminated the condition under which many Japanese immigrated to this country.'


Bind (someone) by an indenture as an apprentice or labourer.
  1. 'indentured labourers'
  2. 'In the 1860s they had brought Indian indentured labourers to work in the sugarcane plantations of Natal.'
  3. 'It was also the day when indentured servants were given the day off to celebrate with their families.'
  4. 'Instead single parents indentured their children and many others came from the poorhouse and other asylums.'
  5. 'They actually want you to treat them like indentured servants!'
  6. 'Families rather than indentured servants went to Massachusetts, and to Connecticut, which received a royal charter in 1662.'
  7. 'In the traditional way, he was indentured as a welder and began his apprenticeship at the Technical College.'
  8. 'The Indian population also became largely urban as indentured workers left the sugar estates.'
  9. 'Slave, servant, indentured servant, serf, it all meant the same to me.'
  10. 'The employment bureau furnished the information necessary to know that a worker was indentured and should not be lured away.'
  11. 'People from different parts of India, now called Indo-Fijians, came to work as indentured laborers on sugar plantations.'

More definitions

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.

6. indentation. verb (used with object), i

More examples(as adjective)

"labourers can be indentured."

"servants can be indentured."

"labours can be indentured."

"trustees can be indentured."


(indenture)Late Middle English endenture, via Anglo-Norman French from medieval Latin indentura, from indentatus, past participle of indentare (see indent).