MEANING: noun: A certificate acknowledging a debt.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin debentur (they are due/owing), the first word in early certificates of indebtedness. From Latin debere (to owe), ultimately from the Indo-European root ghabh- (to give or to receive), which is also the source of give, gift, able, habit, prohibit, due, duty, adhibit, and habile. Earliest documented use: 1455.

DEBENTIRE - the Compleat Devorah

DEVENTURE - withdraw from a dubious enterprise

DECENTURE - Of course my clothes are on, some on in!