Legal Definition and Related Resources of Bearer

Meaning of Bearer

person in possession of a bill of exchange or note which is payable to the bearer. In law of negotiable instruments, anyone in actual possession of a note payable to bearer is entitled to payment and is not affected by any disability of the nominal payee . Town of Thompson v Penine, 106 U. S. 589,1 S. Ct. 564.

Bearer Alternative Definition

One who bears or carries a thing. If a bill or note be made payable to bearer, it will pass by delivery only, without indorsement, and whoever fairly acquires a right to it may maintain an action against the drawer or acceptor.

Synonyms of Bearer


  • acceptor
  • carrier
  • casher
  • check holder
  • draft holder
  • grantee
  • holder
  • possessor
  • receiver
  • recipient
  • taker
  • transferee
  • Associated Concepts: bearer check
  • bearer instrument
  • bearer note
  • bearer paper
  • negotiable instruments

Related Entries of Bearer in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

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Bearer in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Related Legal Terms

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Mentioned in these terms

, Bank Note, Bank Bill, Blank Endorsement, , , , Commercial Paper, Fictitious Payee, Holder, Indorsement, Passport, Promissory Note, Share Warrant.

What does Bearer mean in American Law?

The definition of Bearer in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

One in possession of bearer paper or bearer securities. See U.C.C. § 1-201(5).


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Bearer in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of bearer.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: Bearer

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Bearer :

The person in possession of a bill of exchange or promissory note that is payable to the bearer.

Concept of Bearer in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Bearer: One holding commercial paper.

Concept of Bearer in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Bearer: One holding commercial paper.



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