post-obit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

post- +‎ obit

Noun[edit]

post-obit (plural post-obits)

  1. (law) A bond in which the obligor, in consideration of having received a certain sum of money, binds himself to pay a larger sum, on unusual interest, on the death of some specified individual from whom he has expectations.
    • William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
      [] he had raised money on post-obits, and encumbered the family estate []
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for post-obit in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)