[hahy-poth-ik, hi-]


Roman and Civil Law. a mortgage or security held by a creditor on the property of a debtor without possession of it, created either by agreement or by operation of law.
(in some modern legal systems) a security interest created in immovable property.

Nearby words

  1. hypoth.,
  2. hypothalamic infundibulum,
  3. hypothalamohypophysial portal system,
  4. hypothalamus,
  5. hypothallus,
  6. hypotheca,
  7. hypothecary,
  8. hypothecate,
  9. hypothecium,
  10. hypothenar

Origin of hypothec

1585–95; earlier hypotheca < Late Latin < Greek hypothḗkē deposit, pledge, mortgage (akin to hypotithénai to deposit as pledge). See hypo-, theca

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British Dictionary definitions for hypothec



Roman law Scots law a charge on property in favour of a creditor

Word Origin for hypothec

C16: from Late Latin hypotheca a security, from Greek hupothēkē deposit, pledge, from hupotithenai to deposit as a security, place under, from hypo- + tithenai to place

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