Dictionary: IN-DORSE' – IN-DUC'TION

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IN-DORSE', v.t. [indors'; L. in and dorsum, the back.]

  1. To write on the back of a paper or written instrument; as, to indorse a note or bill of exchange; to indorse a receipt or assignment on a bill or note. Hence,
  2. To assign by writing an order on the back of a note or bill; to assign or transfer by indorsement. The bill was indorsed to the bank.
  3. To approve; as to indorse a statement or the opinions of another. [Modern.] To indorse in blank, to write a name only on a note or bill, leaving a blank to be filled by the indorsee.


The person to whom a note or bill is indorsed, or assigned by indorsement.

IN-DORSE'MENT, n. [indors'ment.]

  1. The act of writing on the back of a note, bill or other written instrument.
  2. That which is written on the back of a note, bill, or other paper, as a name, an order for payment, the return of an officer, or the verdict of a grand jury.


The person who indorses, or writes his name on the back of a note or bill of exchange, and who, by this act, as the case may be, makes himself liable to pay the note or bill.

IN'DRAUGHT, n. [in'drĂ ft. in and draught.]

An opening from the sea into the land; an inlet. [Obs.] Ralegh.


Drawn in.

IN-DRENCH', v.t. [in and drench.]

To overwhelm with water; to drown; to drench. Shak.


Overwhelmed with water.

IN-DU'BI-OUS, a. [L. indubius; in and dubius, doubtful.]

  1. Not dubious or doubtful; certain.
  2. Not doubting; unsuspecting; as, indubious confidence. Harvey.

IN-DU'BI-TA-BLE, a. [Fr. from L. indubitabilis; in and dubitabilis, from dubito, to doubt.]

Not to be doubted; unquestionable; evident; apparently certain; too plain to admit of doubt. Watts.


State of being indubitable. Ash.


Undoubtedly; unquestionably; in a manner to remove all doubt. Sprat.

IN-DU'BI-TATE, a. [L. indubitatus.]

Not questioned; evident; certain. [Not used.] Bacon.

IN-DUCE', v.t. [L. induco; in and duco, to lead; Fr. induire; It. indurre.]

  1. To lead, as by persuasion or argument; to prevail on; to incite; to influence by motives. The emperor could not be induced to take part in the contest.
  2. To produce by influence. As this belief is absolutely necessary for all mankind, the evidence for inducing it must be of that nature as to accommodate itself to all species of men. Forbes.
  3. To produce; to bring on; to cause; as, a fever induced by extreme fatigue. The revolution in France has induced a change of opinions and of property.
  4. To introduce; to bring into view. The poet may be seen inducing his personages in the first Iliad. Pope.
  5. To offer by way of induction or inference. [Not used.] Brown.

IN-DUC'ED, pp.

Persuaded by motives; influenced; produced; caused.


Motive; any thing that leads the mind to will or to act; any argument, reason or fact that tends to persuade or influence the mind. The love of ease is an inducement to idleness. The love of money is an inducement to industry in good men, and to the perpetration of crimes in the bad.


He or that which induces, persuades or influences.


  1. That may be induced; that may be offered by induction. Brown.
  2. That may be caused. Barrow.


Leading or moving by reason or arguments; persuading; producing; causing.

IN-DUCT', v.t. [L. inductus, from induco; in and duco, to lead.]

  1. Literally, to bring in or introduce. Hence, appropriately,
  2. To introduce, as to a benefice or office; to put in actual possession of an ecclesiastical living or of any other office, with the customary forms and ceremonies. Clerks or parsons are inducted by a mandate from the bishop to the archdeacon, who usually issues a precept to other clergymen to perform the duty. In the United States, certain civil officers and presidents of colleges, are inducted into office with appropriate ceremonies.


Introduced into office with the usual formalities.

IN-DUCT'ILE, a. [in and ductile.]

Not capable of being drawn into threads, as a metal. [See Ductile.]


The quality of being inductile.


Introducing into office with the usual formalities.

IN-DUC'TION, n. [Fr. from L. inductio. See Induct.]

  1. Literally, a bringing in; introduction; entrance. Hence,
  2. In logic and rhetoric, the act of drawing a consequence from two or more propositions, which are called premises. Watts.
  3. The method of reasoning from particulars to generals, or the inferring of one general proposition from several particular ones.
  4. The conclusion or inference drawn from premises or from propositions which are admitted to be true, either in fact, or for the sake of argument. Encyc.
  5. The introduction of a clergyman into a benefice, or giving possession of an ecclesiastical living; or the introduction of a person into an office by the usual forms and ceremonies. Induction is applied to the introduction of officers, only when certain oaths are to be administered or other formalities are to be observed, which are intended to confer authority or give dignity to the transaction. In Great Britain, induction is used for giving possession of ecclesiastical offices. In the United States, it is applied to the formal introduction of civil officers, and the higher officers of colleges.