Definition of endowment in English:

endowment

Line breaks: en¦dow|ment
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈdaʊm(ə)nt
 
, ɛn-/

noun

  • 2 (usually endowments) A quality or ability possessed or inherited by someone: his natural endowments were his height and intelligence [mass noun]: differences in genetic endowment
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    • Naturally, the student brings into this situation certain genetic endowments: intelligence, talents, and preferences.
    • The extent to which various aspects of human behavior are found to have a firm biological basis is a strong indicator of how much changes in genetic endowments will be able to change mental qualities in human offspring.
    • Clearly, every person enters the world with different natural endowments that fall along a distribution of emotional, cognitive and sensory capabilities.
    Synonyms
    quality, characteristic, feature, attribute, facility, faculty, ability, talent, gift, strength, aptitude, capability, capacity
  • 3 [usually as modifier] A form of life insurance involving payment of a fixed sum to the insured person on a specified date, or to their estate should they die before this date: an endowment policy
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    • From a bank's point of view, life policies can broadly be divided into two types: whole life policies and endowment policies.
    • The department spokeswoman said it did not distinguish between life assurance policies and endowment policies.
    • The argument for the latter advice being that an endowment policy pays out a lump sum on maturity.

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