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

  • noun The condition of being sure, especially of oneself; self-assurance.
  • noun Something beyond doubt; a certainty.
  • noun A pledge or formal promise made to secure against loss, damage, or default; a security.
  • noun One who has contracted to be responsible for another, especially one who assumes responsibilities or debts in the event of another party's default.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Certainty; indubitableness: especially in the phrase of a surety, certainly, indubitably.
  • noun Security; safety.
  • noun That which makes sure, firm, or certain; foundation of stability; ground of security.
  • noun Security against loss or damage; security for payment or for the performance of some act.
  • noun One who has made himself responsible for another; specifically, in law, one who has bound himself with or for another who remains primarily liable; one who has contracted with the creditor or claimant that he will be answerable for the debt, default, or miscarriage of another; one who enters into a bond or recognizance or other obligation to answer for another's appearance in court, or for his payment of a debt or his performance of some act, and who, in case of the principal's failure, can be compelled to pay the debt or damages; a bondsman; a bail.
  • noun Hence A sponsor.
  • To act as surety for; guarantee; be bail or security for.

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

  • noun The state of being sure; certainty; security.
  • noun That which makes sure; that which confirms; ground of confidence or security.
  • noun Security against loss or damage; security for payment, or for the performance of some act.
  • noun (Law) One who is bound with and for another who is primarily liable, and who is called the principal; one who engages to answer for another's appearance in court, or for his payment of a debt, or for performance of some act; a bondsman; a bail.
  • noun Hence, a substitute; a hostage.
  • noun obsolete Evidence; confirmation; warrant.
  • transitive verb obsolete To act as surety for.

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

  • noun certainty
  • noun law A promise to pay a sum of money in the event that another person fails to fulfill an obligation.
  • noun law One who undertakes to pay money or perform other acts in the event that his principal fails therein.

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

  • noun a guarantee that an obligation will be met
  • noun property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation
  • noun something clearly established
  • noun a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms
  • noun one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another


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

[Middle English surte, from Old French, from Latin sēcūritās, from sēcūrus, sure; see secure.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman seurté, from Latin securitas, securitatem.


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