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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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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.
From this evidence, it is clear that the keeping of fractional reserves within the Chettiar system stemmed from debt contracts and not from bailments.
64) In general, standardization is greater where property is in rem rather than "intermediate" between in rem and in personam (as in trusts, leaseholds, bailments, and security interests), (65) and we can expect for similar information cost reasons that influence from another legal system's style would be easier in less standardized aspects of property law.
Societe d'habitation du Quebec, La restauration des bailments residentiels (Quebec: Societe d'habitation du Quebec, 1973), s.
Bailments are another example of this accumulation of remedies.
We are informed at the outset that the law of carriers is an extension of the law of bailments.
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.
While noninterest income comparisons were negatively impacted by these lower bailment fees, this business and the Bank's net interest margin continued to benefit from lower funding costs for these bailments.
Historically, in the context of the law of bailments (the responsibility of persons entrusted with the goods of others), common carriers had a higher duty of care with respect to goods entrusted to them than other entities.
appropriate to describe museum bailments, (21) many bailments both from