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


1. (Law) contract law a contractual delivery of goods in trust to a person for a specific purpose
2. (Law) criminal law the act of granting bail


(ˈbeɪl mənt)

the act of furnishing bail, as by a bailor.
[1545–55; earlier bailement < Anglo-French. See bail1, -ment]
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Noun1.bailment - the delivery of personal property in trust by the bailor to the bailee
legal transfer, livery, delivery - the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another
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8) Operating leases and more general bailments, (9) such as the loan of an artwork for the purposes of exhibition, fell into neither category, lacking any security function.
58) We selected four areas perched between property and contract--landlord-tenant, trusts, bailments, and security interests--and we showed that standardization exhibits the pattern we expect.
Bouley, supra note 241, at 1032 (noting that while cases are still tried, they are conspicuously few considering how many bailments there are in cattle country).
366) We may therefore expect that a court will not pursue the analogy between leases of real property and bailments of personal property with too much vigor.
slight, ordinary, and gross negligence--may be traced to Roman law (96) and continued into England with the law of bailments.
From this evidence, it is clear that the keeping of fractional reserves within the Chettiar system stemmed from debt contracts and not from bailments.
Bailments are another example of this accumulation of remedies.
Whenever the issue of "c,c,c" is raised in a CGL context, invariably the entire discussion seems to assume we are only talking personal property bailments, such as our specific claim in last month's article.
192) Gratuitous licenses and bailments are revocable at will, and inherently allow use and control by the owner at-will without having to evict the licensee or bailee.
Part III then turns to the Achilles' heel of the common law: the proper treatment of gratuitous transactions, first for bailments and agency relationships, and then, briefly, in medical malpractice, occupier liability, and guest-statute contexts.