noun sure·ty \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


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