American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To protect against damage, loss, or injury; insure.
- v. To make compensation to for damage, loss, or injury suffered.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To preserve or secure against loss, damage, or penalty; save harmless: followed by against, formerly by from.
- To make good to; reimburse; remunerate: followed by for.
- To engage to make good or secure against anticipated loss; give security against (future damage or liability). Synonyms Compensate, Recompense, Remunerate, Reimburse, Indemnify, Requite. Compensate and recompense are very general words for paying or rendering an equivalent, in money or otherwise. Either of them may mean to make a loss good to one. Remunerate has not this meaning, being confined to the idea of payment for expense or service with money or its equivalent. To reimburse a person is to make a loss or expenditure good to him with money. Indemnify formerly meant to save a person from damage or loss, but now much more often means to make good after loss or the damage of property. To requite is to render a full return. Requite is perhaps more often used in a bad sense. Archaically recompense may be used in a good or a bad sense for return: as, “Recompense to no man evil for evil,” Rom. xii. 17; “Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness,”
Confucius, Analects (trans.), i. 4.The others are always used in a good sense. See requital.
- v. To secure against loss or damage; to insure.
- v. To compensate or reimburse someone for some expense or injury
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To save harmless; to secure against loss or damage; to insure.
- v. To make restitution or compensation for, as for that which is lost; to make whole; to reimburse; to compensate.
- v. make amends for; pay compensation for
- v. secure against future loss, damage, or liability; give security for
- From Latin indemnis (" unhurt"), from in- ("not") + damnum ("hurt, damage"). Compare damn, damnify. (Wiktionary)
- Latin indemnis, uninjured (in-, not; see in-1 + damnum, harm, damage entailing liability) + -fy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Your vote has been counted and is reflected above. confirmed today that it will "indemnify" and "pay" Tiger Woods for any payments necessary to satisfy Elin Woods, "if only Tiger will get back on the tour.”
“The insurance company settlement is meant to "indemnify" both insureds, the lessor and the lessee.”
“TORONTO—Activist investor Bill Ackman said he will indemnify Hunter Harrison against any losses of his Canadian National Railway Co. pension benefits, hoping to ensure that Mr. Harrison continues to pursue the top job at rival Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd.”
“Mr. Ackman said Tuesday that he is willing to indemnify any pension losses because he doesn't want Mr. Harrison "to be distracted.”
“BP said it agreed to indemnify Mitsui's U.S. affiliates, MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC and MOEX USA Corp., for compensatory claims brought by private businesses and property owners.”
“Besides MetLife Inc., those include AIG's remaining shares in pan-Asian life insurer AIA Group and Taiwanese life insurer Nan Shan Life Insurance Co. The cash proceeds from the sale of the equity units will be held in an escrow account, to indemnify MetLife against certain events.”
“But American Home said that LPS has refused to indemnify the servicer for millions of damages that resulted from the shoddy work by arguing that it wasn't under an enforceable contract when the breaches occurred.”
“In a case filed Wednesday in U.K. High Court, Mr. Mulcaire claimed News Corp. agreed in June 2010 to indemnify him against legal costs and damages, but then broke the obligation last month upon terminating the guarantee.”
“Vitter would go Dick Cheney one better and not just eviscerate regulation but indemnify oil against the full cost of befouling America the next time it happens.”
“A: ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet got euro-zone governments to agree they would indemnify the ECB for losses of up to €35 billion $50 billion if collateral proved inadequate.”
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