Legal Definition of indemnify
- To compensate for loss or damage sustained
- To make good (a loss)
- To give security against future loss or punishment to
Definition of indemnify
From Latin indemnis (“ unhurt”), from in- (“not”) + damnum (“hurt, damage”).
indemnify (third-person singular simple present indemnifies, present participle indemnifying, simple past and past participle indemnified)
- To secure against loss or damage; to insure.
1670, Sir William Temple, letter to Lord Arlington, in The Works of Sir William Temple, page 101:
The states must at last engage to the merchants here that they will indemnify them from all that shall fall out.
- (chiefly law) To compensate or reimburse someone for some expense or injury
1906, Civil Code of the State of California, page 405:
The lender of a thing for use must indemnify the borrower for damage caused by defects or vices in it, which he knew at the time of lending, and concealed from the borrower.
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