Simple Definition of surety
law : money that you give as a guarantee that you will do what you are legally required to do (such as to appear in court)
law : someone who agrees to be legally responsible if another person fails to pay a debt or to perform a duty
: the state of being or feeling sure or certain
Full Definition of surety
2a : a formal engagement (as a pledge) given for the fulfillment of an undertaking : guaranteeb : a basis of confidence or security
3 : one who has become legally liable for the debt, default, or failure in duty of another
Examples of surety
As sureties, they will be liable in his place.
<gave his surety that he would pay back the loan if his sister was unable to for any reason>
Origin of surety
Middle English seurte, from Anglo-French seurté, from Latin securitat-, securitas security, from securus
First Known Use: 14th century
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