Definition of surety
2a : a formal engagement (such as a pledge) given for the fulfillment of an undertaking : guaranteeb : a basis of confidence or security
3 : one who has become legally liable for the debt, default, or failure in duty of another
suretyshipplay \-ˌship\ noun
Examples of surety in a Sentence
As sureties, they will be liable in his place.
gave his surety that he would pay back the loan if his sister was unable to for any reason
Recent Examples of surety from the Web
Senat, 37, was released April 26 from the Palm Beach County Jail on a $35,000 surety bond, after being arrested the day before on a manslaughter charge.
Schoeff said charges were filed and a warrant was issued for one count of child seduction and $5,000 cash or surety bond.
Sherri Richter, 48, of Frenchtown Township, was arraigned today on the felony charges, with bond set at $100,000 cash or surety, the sheriff's office reports.
Medrano posted a $100,000 surety, $10,000 cash bond, according to state police Friday.
She was released after posting a $25,000 bond, an additional $100,000 personal surety bond co-signed by her son, and ordered to wear a GPS ankle monitor.
But as Borger shows us with great subtlety and surety, Lucille Frank eventually realizes that the forces amassed against her husband have nothing to do with any potential guilt.
Murray, outfitted with an electronic ankle monitor, remains free on a $100,000 property and surety bond while awaiting the outcome of his appeal.
The real Divine, Logan said with surety, would love its status.
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Origin and Etymology of surety
Middle English seurte, from Anglo-French seurté, from Latin securitat-, securitas security, from securus
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of surety for English Language Learners
law : money that you give as a guarantee that you will do what you are legally required to do (such as to appear in court)
law : someone who agrees to be legally responsible if another person fails to pay a debt or to perform a duty
: the state of being or feeling sure or certain
Legal Definition of surety
1 : a formal engagement (as a pledge) given for the fulfillment of an undertaking
2 : one (as an accommodation party) who promises to answer for the debt or default of another
Additional Notes on surety
At common law a surety is distinguished from a guarantor by being immediately liable as opposed to becoming liable only upon default of the principal. Under the Uniform Commercial Code, however, a surety includes a guarantor, and the two terms are generally interchangeable.
Origin and Etymology of surety
Anglo-French seurté, literally, guarantee, security, from Old French, from Latin securitat- securitas, from securus secure
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