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 for indentures of apprenticeship
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Indenture \In*den"ture\ (?; 135), n. [OE. endenture, OF.
     endenture, LL. indentura a deed in duplicate, with indented
     edges. See the Note below. See Indent.]
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     1. The act of indenting, or state of being indented.
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     2. (Law) A mutual agreement in writing between two or more
        parties, whereof each party has usually a counterpart or
        duplicate, sometimes with the edges indented for purpose
        of identification; sometimes in the pl., a short form for
        indentures of apprenticeship, the contract by which a
        youth is bound apprentice to a master.
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              The law is the best expositor of the gospel; they
              are like a pair of indentures: they answer in every
              part.                                 --C. Leslie.
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     Note: Indentures were originally duplicates, laid together
           and indented by a notched cut or line, or else written
           on the same piece of parchment and separated by a
           notched line so that the two papers or parchments
           corresponded to each other. But indenting has gradually
           become a mere form, and is often neglected, while the
           writings or counterparts retain the name of indentures.
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     3. Hence: A contract by which anyone is bound to service.
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