from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person with whom property is left for safekeeping.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In law, the person to whom goods are committed in bailment. He has a temporary possession of them and a qualified property in them for such purpose only.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) The person to whom goods are committed in trust, and who has a temporary possession and a qualified property in them, for the purposes of the trust.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law One who holds bailed property; one who takes possession of the property of another (called a bailor) in order to keep that property safe for the other.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the agent to whom property involved in a bailment is delivered


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  • Because of this psychology, the bailee is unwilling to make hard decisions and thus asking for too much money.

    Gary Liberson, PhD: Writing Checks Your Body Can't Cash

  • In other words, after it had been sold, if still kept there the seller would be merely the keeper, or bailee, which is the legal term, and he would be obliged to use only ordinary care in keeping it.

    Up To Date Business Home Study Circle Library Series (Volume II.)

  • If a bailee should be a scoundrel and sell the thing left with him for safe-keeping and receive the money, the true owner could, nevertheless, claim the thing wherever he could find it.

    Up To Date Business Home Study Circle Library Series (Volume II.)

  • As the bailee recovered the whole value of the goods, the old reason, that he was answerable over, has in some cases become a new rule, (seemingly based on a misunderstanding,) that the bailee is a trustee for the bailor as to the excess over his own damage.

    The Common Law

  • Since he did reclaim it, Rollo did perfectly right to give it up, fish and all; and as he did so, it was a bailment for the benefit of the bailee, that is, Henry.

    Rollo's Museum

  • The amount is too much -- The "bailee" always thinks he is doing everything right, but outside forces have created this terrible situation.

    Gary Liberson, PhD: Writing Checks Your Body Can't Cash

  • a different point; just as the liability of a bailee, which is now treated as arising from his undertaking, was originally raised by the law out of the position in which he stood toward third persons.

    The Common Law

  • Mortgagee who had at first been a mere "bailee" or depositary, and in the Emphyteuta, or tenant of land which was subject to a fixed perpetual rent.

    Ancient Law Its Connection to the History of Early Society

  • "Yes, the bailee is the person the thing is bailed to.

    Rollo's Museum

  • This is my favorite way of cooking, and eating, and I am just now seeing how strongly my mom influenced this … bailee says:

    Beard dinner. Ticket giveaway. Mom.


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