security interest


Definition of security interest

: the rights that a creditor has in the personal property of a debtor that secures an obligation : lien

Examples of security interest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Is there a competitive or security interest that the U.S. has in how Russia approaches the challenges of climate and migration? Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, "John Kerry, Biden’s Climate Czar, Talks About Saving the Planet," 18 Dec. 2020 The core of our national security interest is the survival of the U.S. as a free nation with our fundamental institutions and values intact. CBS News, "National security analyst Graham Allison on second "mutually assured destruction"— a U.S.-China climate conflict," 11 Nov. 2020 When asked when the Space Force might field offensive weapons, Raymond demurred but insisted the United States considers space a vital national security interest. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Exclusive: Gen. Jay Raymond previews Space Operations Command stand up," 21 Oct. 2020 On that same day, HotChalk claims, the synod recorded new property deeds giving the synod a security interest in Concordia’s land in Northeast Portland and in Boise, Idaho, where Concordia’s law school is based. oregonlive, "Online education firm sues Concordia University parent for $302 million, claims it was defrauded," 18 Apr. 2020 These are also the principles that underpin U.S. security interests, such as freedom of the seas and maritime rights in the South China Sea. Robert B. Zoellick, WSJ, "Trump’s Pyrrhic Trade Victories," 22 Jan. 2020 During the impeachment hearings, American public servants (diplomats, national security officers) tried their best to describe American national security interests at stake in Ukraine. Time, "Trump’s Actions in Ukraine Were Dangerous for the U.S.," 20 Nov. 2019 Acting to serve the interest of a foreign person, group, organization or government in any way that conflicts with U.S. national security interests. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Trump’s New Spy Chief Used to Work for a Foreign Politician the U.S. Accused of Corruption," 21 Feb. 2020 Not with the intent to protect the national security interests of the United States, but for the sole purpose of benefiting the Trump 2020 re-election campaign. Bill Salisbury, Twin Cities, "House impeachment vote: How Minnesota’s delegation voted and what they said," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of security interest

1951, in the meaning defined above

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28 Dec 2020

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“Security interest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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— see interest sense 1

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