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 Locating the permanent Space Command Headquarters on Redstone Arsenal undoubtedly remains in the best national security interest of the United States. Lee Roop |, al, 31 July 2023 Bondholders were deemed to have a security interest only in certain funds in Prepa’s reserve accounts, which represent a fraction of their claims. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, 23 Mar. 2023 Japan—which colonized Taiwan for a half century until the end of World War II—has declared Taiwan a national-security interest, and defense officials have suggested that Tokyo would intervene, presumably alongside the U.S., in the event of a Chinese attack on Taiwan. Chris Horton, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2021 This is not in our national-security interest. Paul Wolfowitz, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 This is not in our national security interest., 16 Aug. 2021 All these things and more can be collateral for a loan secured by a UCC security interest. Joshua Stein, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 Still, reinforcing trade ties with friends could become a compelling U.S. national security interest. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of security interest was in 1951

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“Security interest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

security interest

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