Post-obit

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Post-obit (Law) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n post-obit 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. Such loans are not only made at usurious rates of interest, but usually the borrower has to pay a much larger sum than he has received, in consideration of the risk that he may die before the person from whom he has expectations. If, however, there is in the proportions a gross inadequacy amounting to fraud, a court of equity will interfere.
    • n post-obit Same as post-mortem.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Post-obit a bond or security given by heirs and others entitled to reversionary interests, whereby in consideration of a sum of money presently advanced, the debtor binds himself to pay a much larger sum after the death of some person, or of himself
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. post-, + obit,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

In the cloister, hell is accepted in advance as a post obit on paradise.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Nay, perhaps he was at the bottom of POST-OBIT Waldemar too.
"History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol, II. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--Of Brandenburg And The Hohenzollerns--928-1417" by Thomas Carlyle
Perhaps he can raise the wind, by a post-obit, or something," she added vaguely, "I mean a post-uncle-obit.
"The Yellow God" by H. Rider Haggard
I have a Reversion coming some day; I don't dabble in post obits.
"Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete" by George Meredith
Insure that marriage, obtain the post-obit.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Then Mr. Davis shrugged his shoulders, and whispered the word, 'Post-obits.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
If Augustus desired to do anything by "post-obits," let him ruin himself after his own fashion.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
It carried no 'expectations,' and did not afford the most shadowy basis for a post obit.
"The Disentanglers" by Andrew Lang
Post obits were not popular in that royal House of Ganz-Wurst which for two hundred years had ruled over Jingalo.
"King John of Jingalo" by Laurence Housman
So anathema to editors, maranatha to publishers of all such hypothetical post-obits!
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
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