- security against loss or damage or for the fulfillment of an obligation, the payment of a debt, etc.; a pledge, guaranty, or bond.
- a person who has made himself or herself responsible for another, as a sponsor, godparent, or bondsman.
- the state or quality of being sure.
- something that makes sure; ground of confidence or safety.
- a person who is legally responsible for the debt, default, or delinquency of another.
- assurance, especially self-assurance.
Origin of surety
Examples from the Web for surety
"I refuse to accept your surety, for your own sake," said the Marchese.Casanova's Homecoming
When I ask him to be my surety for a couple of hundred thousand crowns?The Great Hunger
A friend of his wife's was his surety; such things often happen.
He gave me the right to sequestrate his pay by way of surety.
Let them but admit it to me and of a surety I will fling them into imprisonment!
- a person who assumes legal responsibility for the fulfilment of another's debt or obligation and himself becomes liable if the other defaults
- security given against loss or damage or as a guarantee that an obligation will be met
- obsolete the quality or condition of being sure
- obsolete a means of assurance or safety
- stand surety to act as a surety
Word Origin and History for surety
c.1300, from Old French seurté, from Latin securitatem (nominative securitas) "freedom from care or danger, safety, security," from securus (see secure). Until 1966, the French national criminal police department was the Sûreté nationale.