security interest


Definition of security interest 

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

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Countries have always understood that security interests come first. Krzysztof J. Pelc, Washington Post, "The U.S. broke a huge global trade taboo. Here’s why Trump’s move might be legal.," 7 June 2018 More: Trump outlines legal basis for attack on Syria, citing 'vital' national security interestsThe formal opinion, dated Thursday but released Friday, explained the legal rationale for that advice. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump lawyers: Syria missile strikes were legal because they weren't 'war'," 1 June 2018 The sale of these sophisticated weapons poses a direct threat to U.S. security interests. Alexander Benard, WSJ, "America Needs to Sell More Weapons," 1 July 2018 The question now is what a victory for Khan might mean for U.S. security interests. Time, "Cricket Hero Imran Khan Led Pakistan's Team to Victory. As a Politician, He's Riding a Populist Wave," 28 June 2018 The Senate on Thursday released a defense policy bill containing a provision requiring Trump to certify that any ZTE deal with Congress is in the national security interest of the United States. Bloomberg,, "Trump administration reaches deal to save Chinese phone maker ZTE despite sanctions, sources say," 25 May 2018 According to Business Wire, the deal to take over the club took place after the previous owner of Milan defaulted on their debt obligations to Elliott, leaving the company with a need to enforce its security interests., "New Era at Milan as Ownership and Control of Club Passes to Elliott Advisors Limited," 11 July 2018 Both countries have expressed concern that Trump may put US security interests ahead of theirs in pursuing a deal with North Korea. The Christian Science Monitor, "Global leaders assemble to discuss other pressing issues in Asian security," 30 May 2018 In a 5-4 decision, the Court found that the President acted within his authority to control who can enter the country based on national security interests. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Upholding Trump's Travel Ban, the Supreme Court Harms Scientists," 27 June 2018

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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see interest sense 1

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