• WordNet 3.6
    • n surety something clearly established
    • n surety a guarantee that an obligation will be met
    • n surety one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another
    • n surety a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms
    • n surety property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation "bankers are reluctant to lend without good security"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Surety Evidence; confirmation; warrant. "She called the saints to surety ,
      That she would never put it from her finger,
      Unless she gave it to yourself."
    • Surety Hence, a substitute; a hostage.
    • Surety (Law) One who is bound with and for another who is primarily liable, and who is called the principal; one who engages to answer for another's appearance in court, or for his payment of a debt, or for performance of some act; a bondsman; a bail. "He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it."
    • Surety Security against loss or damage; security for payment, or for the performance of some act. "There remains unpaid
      A hundred thousand more; in surety of the which
      One part of Aquitaine is bound to us."
    • Surety That which makes sure; that which confirms; ground of confidence or security. "We] our happy state
      Hold, as you yours, while our obedience holds;
      On other surety none."
    • Surety The state of being sure; certainty; security. "Know of a surety , that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs.""For the more surety they looked round about."
    • v. t Surety To act as surety for.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n surety Certainty; indubitableness: especially in the phrase of a surety, certainly, indubitably.
    • n surety Security; safety.
    • n surety That which makes sure, firm, or certain; foundation of stability; ground of security.
    • n surety Security against loss or damage; security for payment or for the performance of some act.
    • n surety One who has made himself responsible for another; specifically, in law, one who has bound himself with or for another who remains primarily liable; one who has contracted with the creditor or claimant that he will be answerable for the debt, default, or miscarriage of another; one who enters into a bond or recognizance or other obligation to answer for another's appearance in court, or for his payment of a debt or his performance of some act, and who, in case of the principal's failure, can be compelled to pay the debt or damages; a bondsman; a bail. The essential elements of the relation are that the surety is liable to the demandant, either directly or in the contingency of non-performance by the principal, and that the principal is liable to indemnify the surety against loss or damage by reason of the engagement of the surety. See note under guarantor.
    • n surety Hence A sponsor.
    • surety To act as surety for; guarantee; be bail or security for.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Surety shōōr′ti certainty: he who, or that which, makes sure: security against loss: one who becomes bound for another, a sponsor
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. seurte, OF. seürté, F. sûreté,. See Sure Security
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Doublet security.


In literature:

It stands as surety for the continuance of free statehood.
""Colony,"--or "Free State"? "Dependence,"--or "Just Connection"?" by Alpheus H. Snow
Bondsman (surety) = garantianto.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes
And of a surety will she be grateful to him who rescues her.
"Beatrix of Clare" by John Reed Scott
We know for a surety that if we do our part the best we know, the Lord will take care of the rest.
"Added Upon" by Nephi Anderson
Nothing, I mean, which I can grasp and have with any surety; nothing but faint images, and wonderment, and wandering.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
And as he never came again they thought at last that of a surety he had departed into that country whereof he loved to tell.
"Christmas Tales and Christmas Verse" by Eugene Field
Of a surety, we must have you at Sweetheart.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
She took much comfort in the surety that there was as yet no definite lover in Lucina's horizon.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Flosi would not stay to meet Hall his father-in-law, for he knew of a surety that Hall would set his face against all strong deeds.
"The story of Burnt Njal" by Anonymous
Christ has become our surety.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb

In poetry:

Cramped no more, I exult, extended,
All I think of I hold within;
Secret surety of vision splendid
Makes me one with my lordly kin.
"Middle Harbour" by John Le Gay Brereton
Though hellish smoke thy duties stain,
And sin deforms thee quite;
Thy Surety's merit makes thee clean,
Thy Husband's beauty white.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
If him I find not, yet I find
The ancient joy of cell and church,
The glimpse, the surety undefined,
The unquenched ardor of the search.
"The Miner" by James Russell Lowell
The scape-goat on his head
The peoples' trespass bore,
And to the desert led,
Was to be seen no more:
In him, our Surety seemed to say,
Behold, I bear your sins away.
"Old-Testament Gospel" by John Newton
A. Because their sureties answer, in their room,
That they shall all those promises fulfil —
Which promises, when to due years they come,
They must perform with an obedient will.
"The Lord's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
"It shall be thine another life to live,—
Thy youth to me surrender!
To thee this surety only can I give"—
I took the surety in that life to live;
And gave to her each youthful joy so tender.
"Resignation" by Friedrich von Schiller

In news:

This money was paid by Watkins' surety bond.
Commissioners reject constable's bill for surety bond.
Claim filed against Hodge's surety bond company.
Whitley County has filed a claim against former Sheriff Lawrence Hodge's surety bond company in an effort to recover missing money from the sheriff's department.
Many people are confused over the differences between surety bonds and errors and omissions insurance.
Surety Bonds and E&O Insurance: Know The Difference.
The third piece of Cotter Corps surety amount remains unset after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment sent a compromised proposal to the company last month.
Colorado Citizens Against ToxicWaste has filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court against the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment over the amount of the surety of Cotter Uranium Mill.
Industry Challenges Personnel Surety Program.
Commissioners reject constable's bill for surety bond .
Surety bond profiteers may lobby for renewed opportunities in Colorado.
Montana Insurance Commissioner Monica J Lindeen has ordered a New Town man to pay $168,000 in fines and restitution for selling fake surety bonds on the Fort Belknap Reservation in northeast Montana.
2013 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management.
A greenhouse in part of the Fort Belknap reservation's college, where Dennis Lyon was the source of a surety bond.