un·​se·​cured | \ ˌən-si-ˈkyu̇rd How to pronounce unsecured (audio) , -ˈkyərd \

Definition of unsecured

: not protected or free from danger or risk of loss : not secured unsecured cargo unsecured funds an unsecured loan

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Recent Examples on the Web Bemporad set an unsecured appearance and compliance bond of $25,000. Elizabeth Zavala, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio man charged in Capitol riot appears in federal court," 19 Jan. 2021 The National Weather Service said gusty winds could blow around unsecured items and that tree limbs could be blown down. oregonlive, "Willamette Valley under wind advisory; forecasters warn of gusts reaching 45 mph," 3 Jan. 2021 Bartman was arraigned Friday and released on $100,000 unsecured bail, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Pennsylvania Republican slapped with felony charges for casting ballot for long-dead mother," 24 Dec. 2020 Even in states without such a law, police can issue citations for offenses such as driving with an unsecured load. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Yes, You Have to Clear the Snow and Ice off Your Car’s Roof," 24 Dec. 2020 Renovate America’s largest unsecured creditor is its landlord, who is owed $13.6 million on a long-term lease for its Rancho Bernardo headquarters. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Green home improvement lender Renovate America files for bankruptcy," 23 Dec. 2020 Ant, which is controlled by billionaire Jack Ma, calls Huabei a digital unsecured revolving-credit product for daily expenditures. Chong Koh Ping, WSJ, "Jack Ma’s Ant Group Slashes Credit Limits for Some Younger Borrowers in China," 23 Dec. 2020 The weather service warns that the gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects — including holiday decorations and trampolines. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, "There’s a high wind warning for northern Utah through Thursday morning," 2 Dec. 2020 When a company files for bankruptcy, holders of unused gift cards are generally lumped in with the firm’s other unsecured creditors, who often get little or nothing after secured creditors are paid. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Use it or lose it: Gift cards could become worthless if the issuer goes bankrupt," 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of unsecured

1780, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unsecured was in 1780

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23 Jan 2021

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“Unsecured.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsecured. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unsecured

: not protected against risk or loss : not secure


un·​se·​cured | \ ˌən-si-ˈkyu̇rd \

Legal Definition of unsecured

: not secured: as
a : not guaranteed or protected as to payment, performance, or satisfaction by a security interest or by property given or pledged as security unsecured debt an unsecured claim
b : characterized by a lack of security or of a security interest unsecured status

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