What does the word indemnify mean?

Usage examples for indemnify

  1. While the indemnity bill was pending, the Livery of the city of London met in Common Hall, and passed some strong resolutions, and petitioned the House of Commons not to indemnify the Ministers against prosecutions at law for their illegal and cruel conduct during the suspension of the Habeas Corpus Act. – Memoirs of Henry Hunt, Esq. Volume 3 by Henry Hunt
  2. By this, masters and serfs were encouraged to enter into an arrangement which was to put the serf into immediate possession of himself, of a homestead and of a few acres, giving him time to indemnify his master by a series of payments. – The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 17 by Charles Francis Horne