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  • n. : A bond issued by one party, the surety, guaranteeing that he will perform certain acts promised by another or pay a stipulated sum, up to the bond limit, in lieu of performance, should the principle fail to perform.
  • n. : In a criminal case, the surety (or bail) bond assures the appearance of the defendant or the repayment of bail forfeited upon the defendant's failure to appear in court.

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  • n. a bond given to protect the recipient against loss in case the terms of a contract are not filled; a surety company assumes liability for nonperformance

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