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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This may have worked with the North Korean leader—though the jury is still out—but is sure to have little to no positive impact on the Kremlin’s policy and actions on issues of national security interest to the United States. Evelyn Farkas, Time, "How Trump Could Actually Make the Summit with Putin a Success," 9 July 2018 By walking away from the agreement, Trump is jeopardizing U.S. national security interests and risks precipitating a nuclear crisis that the international community can ill afford. Kelsey Davenport, Time, "Trump's Reckless Violation of the Iran Deal Jeopardizes U.S. National Security," 9 May 2018 Some members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats, say that absolving ZTE of its misdeeds runs counter to national security interests. Kevin Granville, New York Times, "What Is ZTE? A Chinese Geopolitical Pawn That Trump Wants to Rescue.," 7 June 2018 Trump has said the measures against the EU steel and aluminum are meant to protect national security interests. Washington Post, "EU says tax on Harleys aimed to ‘make noise’ in trade debate," 22 June 2018 In 1995, Congress passed a law requiring America to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, but every president since then has declined to make the move, citing national security interests. Christian Duchateau, CNN, "Tension across Gaza, Mideast: What we know," 14 May 2018 What more could American national security interests want? Max Chafkin,, "Why America Is So Scared of China’s Biggest Tech Company," 22 Mar. 2018 That means that President Donald Trump’s deal for the company to resume working with US companies will stand, despite significant bipartisan opposition amid worries the company could threaten US national security interests. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Senate Republicans abandon effort to impose harsher restrictions on ZTE," 20 July 2018 Trump has said the measures against the EU steel and aluminum are meant to protect national security interests. Nick Perry,, "EU says tax on Harleys aimed to 'make noise' in trade debate," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of security interest

1951, in the meaning defined above

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a secret plot to overthrow a government

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