Definitions for: Surety

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Sure"ty, v. t.
To act as surety for. [Obs.] --Shak.

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

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