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COLLATERAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does collateral mean? 

COLLATERAL (noun)
  The noun COLLATERAL has 1 sense:

1. a security pledged for the repayment of a loan

  Familiarity information: COLLATERAL used as a noun is very rare.


COLLATERAL (adjective)
  The adjective COLLATERAL has 4 senses:

1. descended from a common ancestor but through different lines
2. serving to support or corroborate
3. accompany, concomitant
4. situated or running side by side

  Familiarity information: COLLATERAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COLLATERAL (noun)


Sense 1collateral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A security pledged for the repayment of a loan

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Hypernyms ("collateral" is a kind of...):

security interest (any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "collateral"):

guarantee; guaranty (a collateral agreement to answer for the debt of another in case that person defaults)


COLLATERAL (adjective)


Sense 1collateral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Descended from a common ancestor but through different lines

Synonyms:

collateral; indirect

Context examples:

cousins are collateral relatives / an indirect descendant of the Stuarts

Also:

related (connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage)

Antonym:

lineal (in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child)


Sense 2collateral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Serving to support or corroborate

Synonyms:

substantiative; validating; validatory; verificatory; substantiating; corroboratory; corroborative; verifying; confirmatory; confirmative; collateral; confirming

Context example:

collateral evidence

Similar:

supportive (furnishing support or assistance)


Sense 3collateral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Accompany, concomitant

Context example:

collateral target damage from a bombing run

Similar:

secondary (being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate)


Sense 4collateral [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Situated or running side by side

Context example:

collateral ridges of mountains

Similar:

parallel (being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting)


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