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

  • noun The act of delivering goods or personal property to another in trust.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The contract or legal relation which is constituted by the delivery of goods without transference of ownership, on an agreement expressed or implied that they be returned or accounted for, as a loan, a consignment, a delivery to a carrier, a pledge, a deposit for safe keeping, or a letting on hire.
  • noun The act of bailing a prisoner or an accused person; also, the record of or documents relating to such a bailing.

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

  • noun (Law) The action of bailing a person accused.
  • noun (Law) A delivery of goods or money by one person to another in trust, for some special purpose, upon a contract, expressed or implied, that the trust shall be faithfully executed.

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

  • noun obsolete Bail.
  • noun law The handing over of control over, or possession of, personal property by one person, the bailor, to another, the bailee, for a specific purpose upon which the parties have agreed.

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

  • noun the delivery of personal property in trust by the bailor to the bailee

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