Surety definition

sho͝orĭ-tē
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The condition of being sure, especially of oneself; self-assurance.
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Something beyond doubt; a certainty.
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A pledge or formal promise made to secure against loss, damage, or default; a security.
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The state of being sure; sureness; assurance.
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Something sure; certainty.
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Something that makes sure or gives assurance, as against loss, damage, or default; security; guarantee.
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A person who takes responsibility for another.
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(law) One who accepts liability for another's debts, defaults of obligations, etc.
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The person immediately responsible for the debt of another, in the event that the principal fails to meet his responsibility.
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That which makes sure; that which confirms; ground of confidence or security.
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(law) A promise to pay a sum of money in the event that another person fails to fulfill an obligation.
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Evidence; confirmation; warrant.
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One who has contracted to be responsible for another, especially one who assumes responsibilities or debts in the event of another party's default.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
surety
Plural:
sureties

Origin of surety

  • Middle English surte from Old French from Latin sēcūritās from sēcūrus sure secure

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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

    From Wiktionary