noun \ˈshr(-ə)-tē\

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

plural sure·ties

Full Definition of SURETY

:  the state of being sure: as
a :  sure knowledge :  certainty
b :  confidence in manner or behavior :  assurance
a :  a formal engagement (as a pledge) given for the fulfillment of an undertaking :  guarantee
b :  a basis of confidence or security
:  one who has become legally liable for the debt, default, or failure in duty of another
sure·ty·ship \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of SURETY

  1. As sureties, they will be liable in his place.
  2. <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

Rhymes with SURETY


Next Word in the Dictionary: surety bond
Previous Word in the Dictionary: surette
All Words Near: surety

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up surety? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More