Definition of bottomry in English:


Syllabification: bot·tom·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈbätəmrē


A system of merchant insurance in which a ship is used as security against a loan to finance a voyage, the lender losing the investment if the ship sinks.
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  • Some of the more technical errors, like confusing ‘bottomry’ loans (on ships) with ‘respondentia’ loans (on cargo), would perhaps be partially understandable were not the author a legal scholar.
  • They had the authority to use bottomry bonds and respondentia bonds to clear off charges against the ship.
  • This general rule of construction should especially guide a court of admiralty in interpreting a contract of bottomry and respondentia.


late 16th century: from bottom (in the sense 'ship') + -ry, influenced by Dutch bodemerij.

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