Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bond in which the obligor, in consideration of having received a certain sum of money, binds himself to pay a larger sum, on unusual interest, on the death of some specified individual from whom he has expectations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A bond in which the obligor, in consideration of having received a certain sum of money, binds himself to pay a larger sum, on unusual interest, on the death of some specified individual from whom he has expectations.
  • n. See Post-obit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bond given for the purpose of securing to a lender a sum of money on the death of some specified individual from whom the borrower has expectations: sometimes used attributively: as, a post-obit bond.
  • n. Same as post-mortem.

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Examples

  • With the recent deaths of Charlton Heston and Anthony Minghella, and the resulting post-obit tributes that came their way, it bothered me that this was not the case when one of our greatest motion picture actresses passed away a little less than six months ago.

    Michael Russnow: Deborah Kerr Rhymes With Star, and What a Star She Was: She Deserves to Be Remembered, Too

  • Helpless beyond measure in all the duties of practical statesmanship, its members or their dependants have given proof of remarkable energy in the single department of peculation; and there, not content with the slow methods of the old-fashioned defaulter, who helped himself only to what there was, they have contrived to steal what there was going to be, and have peculated in advance by a kind of official post-obit.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 40, February, 1861

  • Far from seeking revenge, the worst defaulter I ever had dealings with cannot deny that I am always willing to accept a good post-obit.

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852

  • I will just explain that a post-obit is a form of note or due bill given by the heir of an estate (usually of an entailed estate), which matures the moment the drawer of the document enters into that estate.

    Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison Fifteen Years in Solitude

  • Why, nothing capital of my master’s wardrobe has dropped lately; but I could give you a mortgage on some of his winter clothes, with equity of redemption before November—or you shall have the reversion of the French velvet, or a post-obit on the blue and silver; —these, I should think, Moses, with a few pair of point ruffles, as a collateral security—hey, my little fellow?

    Act Third. Scene II

  • Now I propose, Mr. Premium, if it’s agreeable to you, a post-obit on Sir Oliver’s life: though at the same time the old fellow has been so liberal to me, that I give you my word, I should be very sorry to hear that any thing had happened to him.

    Act Third. Scene III

  • He would soon be of age, and it was necessary to make some terms to prevent the loss the estate would suffer by raising money on post-obit bonds.

    Biographical Sketch

  • I won't leave the place till I've set things right -- not if I've got to give him a post-obit for five thousand -- I won't!

    Stephen Archer and Other Tales

  • I wonder how long an interval there was between the two; it would be a pretty calculation for a _post-obit_.

    The Perpetual Curate

  • 'I should have imputed these debts to mere heedless extravagance, like other people's -- like my own, if you please -- save for your own words, and for finding you capable of such treachery as borrowing on a _post-obit_.'

    Hopes and Fears or, scenes from the life of a spinster

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