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Meaning of SURETY

Pronunciation:  'shûritee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something clearly established
  2. [n]  a guarantee that an obligation will be met
  3. [n]  one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another
  4. [n]  a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms
  5. [n]  property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation; "bankers are reluctant to lend without good security"

SURETY is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: guarantor, hostage, security, security, warranter, warrantor
 See Also: captive, certainty, collateral, deposit, earnest, guarantee, patron, prisoner, recognisance, recognizance, sponsor, stock warrant, stock-purchase warrant, supporter, sure thing, transferred possession, transferred property, warrant, warrant, warrantee, warranty



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sure"ty\, n.; pl. {Sureties}. [OE. seurte, OF.
    se["u]rt['e], F. s[^u]ret['e]. See {Sure}, {Security}.]
    1. The state of being sure; certainty; security.
             Know of a surety, that thy seed shall be a stranger
             in a land that is not theirs.         --Gen. xv. 13.
             For the more surety they looked round about. --Sir
                                                   P. Sidney.
    2. That which makes sure; that which confirms; ground of
       confidence or security.
             [We] our happy state Hold, as you yours, while our
             obedience holds; On other surety none. --Milton.
    3. Security against loss or damage; security for payment, or
       for the performance of some act.
             There remains unpaid A hundred thousand more; in
             surety of the which One part of Aquitaine is bound
             to us.                                --Shak.
    4. (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.
             He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.
                                                   --Prov. xi.
    5. Hence, a substitute; a hostage. --Cowper.
    6. Evidence; confirmation; warrant. [Obs.]
             She called the saints to surety, That she would
             never put it from her finger, Unless she gave it to
             yourself.                             --Shak.
  2. \Sure"ty\, v. t.
    To act as surety for. [Obs.] --Shak.
Easton Bible Dictionary

one who becomes responsible for another. Christ is the surety of the better covenant (Heb. 7:22). In him we have the assurance that all its provisions will be fully and faithfully carried out. Solomon warns against incautiously becoming security for another (Prov. 6:1-5; 11:15; 17:18; 20:16).