Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To pledge (property) as security or collateral without delivery of title or possession.
  • transitive verb Usage Problem To hypothesize.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To pledge to a creditor in security for some debt or demand, but without giving the creditor corporeal control; mortgage, leaving the owner in possession.
  • To put in pledge by delivery, as stocks or effects of any kind, as security for a debt or other obligation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb (Law) To subject, as property, to liability for a debt or engagement without delivery of possession or transfer of title; to pledge without delivery of possession; to mortgage, as ships, or other personal property; to make a contract by bottomry. See hypothecation, bottomry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To pledge (something) as surety for a loan; to pawn, mortgage.
  • verb politics, UK To designate a new tax or tax increase for a specific expenditure

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
  • verb pledge without delivery or title of possession

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Medieval Latin hypothēcāre, hypothēcāt-, from Latin hypothēca, pledge, deposit, from Greek hupothēkē, from hupotithenai, to give as a pledge, suppose; see hypothesis.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin hypothecatus, past participle of hypothecare. This was in turn derived from Ancient Greek ὑποθήκη (hupothēkē, "a pledge"), from the verb ὑποτίθημι (hupotithēmi, "to pledge as surety").

Examples

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  • If Jason's daddy was a schlepper with no collateral to hypothecate this mortgage wouldn't get done today.

    Martin T. Sosnoff: My S&M Relationship With Citi and Morgan

  • If Jason's daddy was a schlepper with no collateral to hypothecate this mortgage wouldn't get done today.

    Martin T. Sosnoff: My S&M Relationship With Citi and Morgan

  • When the Senator is trapped in the coils of his own creation – did he hypothesize or hypothecate?

    Stromata Blog:

  • When the Senator is trapped in the coils of his own creation – did he hypothesize or hypothecate?

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  • He could buy certificates of city loan for the sinking-fund up to any reasonable amount, hypothecate them where he pleased, and draw his pay from the city without presenting a voucher.

    The Financier

  • For example, both Scalia and Rehnquist misused the word “hypothecate,” apparently confusing it with the near homonym “hypothesize,” which, admittedly, a dictionary or two will give as a secondary definition (in my view, this merely a reification of the sound-alike confusion and reflects the descriptive (as opposed to prescriptive) philosophy of the editor).

    Business, Law, Economics & Society

  • For example, both Scalia and Rehnquist misused the word “hypothecate,” apparently confusing it with the near homonym “hypothesize,” which, admittedly, a dictionary or two will give as a secondary definition (in my view, this merely a reification of the sound-alike confusion and reflects the descriptive (as opposed to prescriptive) philosophy of the editor).

    Business, Law, Economics & Society

  • “He is trying to hypothecate the lot or any part of it at one-fifty.”

    The Titan

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