[ shoor-i-tee, shoor-tee, shur-i-tee, shur-tee ]
/ ˈʃʊər ɪ ti, ˈʃʊər ti, ˈʃɜr ɪ ti, ˈʃɜr ti /
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noun, plural sur·e·ties.



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Origin of surety

1300–50; Middle English surte<Middle French; Old French seurte<Latin sēcūritāt-, stem of sēcūritāssecurity


o·ver·sure·ty, nounsub·sur·e·ty, noun, plural sub·sur·e·ties.
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British Dictionary definitions for surety

/ (ˈʃʊətɪ, ˈʃʊərɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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

Derived forms of surety

suretyship, noun

Word Origin for surety

C14: from Old French seurte, from Latin sēcūritās security
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