from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being surety; the obligation of a person to answer for the debt, fault, or conduct of another.

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

  • noun The state of being surety; the obligation of a person to answer for the debt, default, or miscarriage of another.

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

  • noun law An accessory agreement through which a person binds themselves for another already bound, either in whole or in part, as for their debt, default or miscarriage; the assumption of liability for the obligations of another.


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From surety +‎ -ship.


  • [4046] Give not ear to tale-tellers, babblers, be not scurrilous in conversation: [4047] jest without bitterness: give no man cause of offence: set thine house in order: [4048] take heed of suretyship.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Be it by suretyship, shipwreck, fire, spoil and pillage of soldiers, or what loss soever, it boots not, it will work the like effect, the same desolation in provinces and cities, as well as private persons.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • The OBS said it was strongly against this practice and had decided against the banks in several matters involving universal suretyship agreements over the years.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Chief of these was the use by banks of universal (unlimited) suretyship agreements.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • And for suretyship he exposes it as a matter unsafe, nay highly dangerous, declaring that to be bound for idle and wicked men is full of hazard.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • But Chersias smiling would not satisfy them, until they resolved him the meaning of these aphorisms; “Do not overdo,” “Know thyself,” but particularly and principally this, — which had scared divers from wedlock and others from suretyship and others for speaking at all, — “promise, and you are ruined.”

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it: and he that hateth suretyship is sure.

    Proverbs 11.

  • As security the bank held a notarial bond over FPJ movable assets and deed of suretyship signed by Boesak.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • A sinner that transgresseth the commandment of the Lord, shall fall into an evil suretyship: and he that undertaketh many things, shall fall into judgment.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete

  • Evil suretyship hath undone many of good estate, and hath tossed them as a wave of the sea.

    The Bible, Douay-Rheims, Complete


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