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  • A male slave.
  • A male indentured servant.
  • Someone who signs a bond that states that they have taken responsibility for someone else's obligations.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

BONDSMAN, n. A fool who, having property of his own, undertakes to
become responsible for that entrusted to another to a third.

Philippe of Orleans wishing to appoint one of his favorites, a
dissolute nobleman, to a high office, asked him what security he would
be able to give. "I need no bondsmen," he replied, "for I can give
you my word of honor." "And pray what may be the value of that?"
inquired the amused Regent. "Monsieur, it is worth its weight in gold."
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

Bonds"man (&?;), n.; pl. Bondsmen. [Bond, a. or n. + man.] 1. A slave; a villain; a serf; a bondman.

Carnal, greedy people, without such a precept, would have no mercy upon their poor bondsmen.

2. (Law) A surety; one who is bound, or who gives security, for another.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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