- freedom from danger, risk, etc.; safety.
- freedom from care, anxiety, or doubt; well-founded confidence.
- something that secures or makes safe; protection; defense.
- freedom from financial cares or from want: The insurance policy gave the family security.
- precautions taken to guard against crime, attack, sabotage, espionage, etc.: claims that security was lax at the embassy; the importance of computer security to prevent hackers from gaining access.
- a department or organization responsible for protection or safety: He called security when he spotted the intruder.
- protection or precautions taken against escape; custody: The dangerous criminal was placed under maximum security.
- an assurance; guarantee.
- something given or deposited as surety for the fulfillment of a promise or an obligation, the payment of a debt, etc.
- one who becomes surety for another.
- an evidence of debt or of property, as a bond or a certificate of stock.
- Usually securities. stocks and bonds.
- Archaic. overconfidence; cockiness.
- of, relating to, or serving as security: The company has instituted stricter security measures.
Origin of security
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Examples from the Web for self-security
Clinton (not as running mate, but it took the same sense of self-security to make her his top diplomat).And Speaking of Unfavorable Views of Romney...
August 6, 2012
It had suggested comparisons which wounded his self-respect too shrewdly and endangered his self-security.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
This animal occasionally visiting the surface of the earth, self-security required a perception of light.
- the state of being secure
- assured freedom from poverty or wanthe needs the security of a permanent job
- a person or thing that secures, guarantees, etc
- precautions taken to ensure against theft, espionage, etcthe security in the government offices was not very good
- (often plural)
- a certificate of creditorship or property carrying the right to receive interest or dividend, such as shares or bonds
- the financial asset represented by such a certificate
- the specific asset that a creditor can claim title to in the event of default on an obligation
- something given or pledged to secure the fulfilment of a promise or obligation
- a person who undertakes to fulfil another person's obligation
- the protection of data to ensure that only authorized personnel have access to computer files
- archaic carelessness or overconfidence
Word Origin and History for self-security
mid-15c., "condition of being secure," from Latin securitas, from securus "free from care" (see secure). Replacing sikerte (early 15c.), from an earlier borrowing from Latin; earlier in the sense "security" was sikerhede (early 13c.); sikernesse (c.1200).
Meaning "something which secures" is from 1580s; "safety of a state, person, etc." is from 1941. Legal sense of "property in bonds" is from mid-15c.; that of "document held by a creditor" is from 1680s. Phrase security blanket in figurative sense is attested from 1966, in reference to the crib blanket carried by the character Linus in the "Peanuts" comic strip (1956).