Origin of English word BAILMENT

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The word BAILMENT is addressed in the entry: BAIL

English Word


Edenic Word


Hebrew Word







[A RB → BR → BL]


One pays a court BAIL as security that the plaintif will arrive in court despite being freed from jail.  There is no Indo-European “root” for BAIL. Old Frech bailer is to keep in custody.  A weak, earlier etymon is offered, Latin bajulus, a carrier. 

In Genesis 44:32 Judah pledges to Jacob that he will “be the surety” for Benjamin, ערב [A]RahBH.   ערבה [A]RooBaH is surety, security in Proverbs 17:18;   ערבון [A]yRaBHOAN is a pledge (for a debt) in Genesis 38:17.   ע-ר-ב Ayin-Resh-Bet always involves “mixing up.”  Here, the ר-ב   Resh-Bhet are reversed, and shifted to B-L. One can follow Resh-Bet mixing at entries like EVENING, GARBLE and RIFE.


Unlike a bilabial-liquid word of physicl mixing and interweaving, like WARP, BAIL involves legal and financial exchanges, like BARTER (which lacks an older source).  Like [A]yRaBHOAN,French bail is to lease .  Receiving a BAILMENT or BAIL BOND from a BAILEE is in the jurisdiction of a BAILIFF or BAILIE throught his BAILIWICK. Middle Persian glob is a  pledge or pawn, a S-G, S-L from   ערב GHaRaiBH (to pledge – Jereemiah 30:21)

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