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Debenture definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DEBEN'TURE, n. [Fr. from L. debeo, to owe.]
1. A writing acknowledging a debt; a writing or certificate signed by a public officer, as evidence of a debt due to some person. This paper, given by an officer of the customs, entitles a merchant exporting goods, to the receipt of a bounty, or a drawback of duties. When issued by a treasurer, it entitles the holder to a sum of money from the state.
2. In the customs, a certificate of drawback; a writing which states that a person is entitled to a certain sum from the government, on the exportation of specified goods, the duties on which had been paid.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the ability of a customer to obtain goods or services before payment, based on the trust that payment will be made in the future [syn: unsecured bond, debenture, debenture bond] [ant: secured bond]
2: a certificate or voucher acknowledging a debt

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English debentur, from Latin, they are due, 3d plural present passive of deb?re to owe more at debt Date: 15th century 1. British a corporate security other than an equity security ; bond 2. a bond backed by the general credit of the issuer rather than a specific lien on particular assets

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 Brit. an acknowledgement of indebtedness, esp. a bond of a company or corporation acknowledging a debt and providing for payment of interest at fixed intervals. 2 US (in full debenture bond) a fixed-interest bond of a company or corporation, backed by general credit rather than specified assets. Phrases and idioms: debenture stock Brit. stock comprising debentures, with only the interest secured. Etymology: ME f. L debentur are owing f. debere owe: assim. to -URE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Debenture De*ben"ture (?; 135), n. [L. debentur they are due, fr. debere to owe; cf. F. debentur. So called because these receipts began with the words Debentur mihi.] 1. A writing acknowledging a debt; a writing or certificate signed by a public officer, as evidence of a debt due to some person; the sum thus due. 2. A customhouse certificate entitling an exporter of imported goods to a drawback of duties paid on their importation. --Burrill. Note: It is applied in England to deeds of mortgage given by railway companies for borrowed money; also to municipal and other bonds and securities for money loaned.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Debenture De*ben"ture, n. Any of various instruments issued, esp. by corporations, as evidences of debt. Such instruments (often called debenture bonds) are generally, through not necessarily, under seal, and are usually secured by a mortgage or other charge upon property; they may be registered or unregistered. A debenture secured by a mortgage on specific property is called a mortgage debenture; one secured by a floating charge (which see), a floating debenture; one not secured by any charge a naked debenture. In general the term debenture in British usage designates any security issued by companies other than their shares, including, therefore, what are in the United States commonly called bonds. When used in the United States debenture generally designates an instrument secured by a floating charge junior to other charges secured by fixed mortgages, or, specif., one of a series of securities secured by a group of securities held in trust for the benefit of the debenture holders.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(debentures) A debenture is a type of savings bond which offers a fixed rate of interest over a long period. Debentures are usually issued by a company or a government agency. (BUSINESS) N-COUNT

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