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collateral

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adjective col·lat·er·al \kə-ˈla-t(ə-)rəl\

Definition of collateral

  1. 1 a :  accompanying as secondary or subordinate :  concomitant <digress into collateral matters> b :  indirect c :  serving to support or reinforce :  ancillary

  2. 2 :  belonging to the same ancestral stock but not in a direct line of descent — compare lineal 3a

  3. 3 :  parallel, coordinate, or corresponding in position, order, time, or significance <collateral states like Athens and Sparta>

  4. 4 a :  of, relating to, or being collateral used as security (as for payment of a debt or performance of a contract) b :  secured by collateral

collaterality

play \-ˌla-tə-ˈra-lə-tē\ noun

collaterally

play \-ˈla-t(ə-)rə-lē\ adverb

Examples of collateral in a sentence

  1. the collateral effects of the government's policies

Did You Know?

If an official talking about some policy refers to a collateral issue, he or she means something that may be affected but isn't central to the discussion. To an anthropologist, your cousin would be called a collateral relative, since he or she (unlike your grandmother, brother, or daughter) is "off to the side" of your direct line of descent. As a noun, collateral means something provided to a lender as a guarantee of repayment. So if you take out a loan or mortgage to buy a car or house, the loan agreement usually states that the car or house is collateral that goes to the lender if the sum isn't paid.

Origin and Etymology of collateral

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin collateralis, from Latin com- + lateralis lateral


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Anthropology Terms


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collateral

noun col·lat·er·al

Definition of collateral

  1. 1 :  a collateral relative

  2. 2 :  property (as securities) pledged by a borrower to protect the interests of the lender

  3. 3 :  a branch of a bodily part (as a vein)

1691

First Known Use of collateral

1691


COLLATERAL Defined for English Language Learners

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collateral

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adjective col·lat·er·al \kə-ˈla-t(ə-)rəl\

Definition of collateral for English Language Learners

  • : related but not in a direct or close way


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collateral

noun col·lat·er·al

Definition of collateral for English Language Learners

  • : something that you promise to give someone if you cannot pay back a loan


Medical Dictionary

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collateral

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adjective col·lat·er·al \kə-ˈlat-ə-rəl, -ˈla-trəl\

Medical Definition of collateral

  1. 1:  relating to or being branches of a bodily part <collateral sprouting of nerves>

  2. 2:  relating to or being part of the collateral circulation <collateral circulatory vessels> <collateral blood flow>


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collateral

noun col·lat·er·al

Medical Definition of collateral

  1. 1:  a branch especially of a blood vessel, nerve, or the axon of a nerve cell <excitation of axon collaterals>

  2. 2:  a bodily part (as a ligament) that is lateral in position


Law Dictionary

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collateral

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adjective col·lat·er·al \kə-ˈla-tə-rəl, -ˈla-trəl\

Legal Definition of collateral

  1. 1a :  accompanying as a secondary fact, activity, or agency but subordinate to a main consideration b :  not directly relevant or material <a collateral evidentiary matter> <a collateral issue>

  2. 2 :  belonging to the same ancestral stock but not in a direct line of descent — compare lineal

  3. 3a :  of, relating to, or being collateral used as a security (as for payment of a debt) b :  secured by collateral <a collateral loan>

collaterally

adjective

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collateral

noun col·lat·er·al

Legal Definition of collateral

  1. 1 :  a collateral relative

  2. 2 :  property pledged by a borrower to protect the interests of the lender in the event of the borrower's default; specifically under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code :  property subject to a security interest



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