indemnify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v indemnify make amends for; pay compensation for "One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the Jews in the Third Reich","She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident"
    • v indemnify secure against future loss, damage, or liability; give security for "This plan indemnifies workers against wages lost through illness"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indemnify To make restitution or compensation for, as for that which is lost; to make whole; to reimburse; to compensate.
    • Indemnify To save harmless; to secure against loss or damage; to insure. "The states must at last engage to the merchants here that they will indemnify them from all that shall fall out."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • indemnify To preserve or secure against loss, damage, or penalty; save harmless: followed by against, formerly by from.
    • indemnify To make good to; reimburse; remunerate: followed by for.
    • indemnify 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Indemnify in-dem′ni-fī (with against) to secure against loss: to make good for damage done: to give security against
    • pa.p Indemnify indem′nified
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. indemnis, unhurt (in-, not + damnum, hurt, damage) + -fy,. Cf. Damn Damnify

Usage

In literature:

Secret articles provided that if France kept those territories he should be indemnified elsewhere.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
If that is the case, you should indemnify the Rondics for their loss.
"Jack" by Alphonse Daudet
Elect me for your king, and I Will all your race indemnify.
"The Fables of Phædrus" by Phaedrus
A written contract, by which the insurers oblige themselves to indemnify sea-risks under various conditions.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The manuscript he offered Frohman to indemnify him from loss was "Alice-Sit-By-The-Fire," which lasted only a season.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
Benjamin is indemnified by Gilead.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
If actual harm does occur, I'm sure the government will indemnify you.
"Industrial Revolution" by Poul William Anderson
Hannah Gropphusen indemnified herself in her own way by coquetry and flirtations, and she was soon gossipped about as much as her husband.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
She would indemnify him a thousandfold by her love for all he had to endure now.
"Gertrude's Marriage" by W. Heimburg
On his return to the convent he attached himself still more closely to Clement, as if to indemnify himself for the loss of his earlier friend.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
Denham has undertaken to indemnify me in any risks I run in procuring him specimens.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
The General Court indemnified such losses.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various
Who could indemnify him for the captivity he had to undergo before he was pronounced innocent?
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
Walid annexed this part, indemnifying the Christians elsewhere, and restored the whole building sumptuously and magnificently.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
Those cartridge makers ought to indemnify you.
"Witching Hill" by E. W. Hornung
Essex endeavoured to indemnify him by the donation of an estate in land.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
Frugality and industry will go a great way towards indemnifying us.
"The True Benjamin Franklin" by Sydney George Fisher
We shall indemnify them certainly.
"History of The Reign of Philip The Second King of Spain" by William H. Prescott
A further source of income that would go towards indemnifying the official outlay might be found in a toll levied on the purchaser of 2d.
"The Operatic Problem" by William Johnson Galloway
France replaces the present owners, whom Germany undertakes to indemnify.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VIII (of VIII)" by various
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In news:

An expert for a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case who was ordered to execute a release indemnifying a former employer must do so, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
Relying on California law and a case from 2006, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed that an insurer of former film-processing sites has no obligation to indemnify Thomson Inc for the remediations of three California locations.
A collective bargaining provision that requires a union to indemnify the employer for contingent liability the employer may incur does not violate public policy.
Indemnify your business, not theirs .
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