noun, plural se·cu·ri·ties.
- 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.
Origin of security
Synonyms for security
Examples from the Web for self-security
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of self-security
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.
noun plural -ties
- 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
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).
In addition to the idiom beginning with security
- security blanket
- lull into (false sense of security)