Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Entrust Definition:

To give over the care of something to another.

In Neary v Wawanesa, Justice Chipman of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal had before him a case in which an insurer's exposure to liability for a motor vehicle accident hinged on the word entrustment, contained within the insurance policy.

The appelate court adopted these words of the trial judge used to define entrustment:

"To invest with a trust; to commission or employ a person in a manner implying confidence. To confide the care or disposal of (something). Hence, entrustment, the action of entrusting; the fact of being entrusted; that with which one is entrusted.

"Care of is an essential element of an entrustment.  The care of something, in turn, connotes having charge of or being responsible for it."

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