surety


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surety

1. a person who assumes legal responsibility for the fulfilment of another's debt or obligation and himself becomes liable if the other defaults
2. security given against loss or damage or as a guarantee that an obligation will be met
3. stand surety to act as a surety

surety

A person or organization who, for a consideration, promises in writing to make good the debt or default of another.
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It was roughness without hurt, assertion without threat, surety without seduction.
mcCoy's presence, the surety and calm that seemed to radiate from him, had had its effect.
Most probably the same things that were happening with us, we concluded; but the fact that we did not know with absolute surety was irritating.
She shrank against him, clingingly and protectingly, and he laughed with surety.
The Lion replied, "I have no objection, but you must excuse me for requiring you to find surety for your good faith, for how can I trust anyone as a friend who is able to fly away from his bargain whenever he pleases?
do something, whereof, to a surety, only one is the right way, it
Sometimes, when I compare myself with other men, it seems as if I were more favored by the gods than they, beyond any deserts that I am conscious of; as if I had a warrant and surety at their hands which my fellows have not, and were especially guided and guarded.
To have no illusions and yet to love--what stronger surety can a woman find?
Of a surety," said the minister, "that would I, and without pause.
Such debts amounted to about four thousand: one thousand five hundred for a horse, and two thousand five hundred as surety for a young comrade, Venovsky, who had lost that sum to a cardsharper in Vronsky's presence.
And with old Barry I have my surety of a bite to eat and a place by the fire.
However, some surety experts are viewing recent developments-- notably a series of losses combined with rating changes, restructurings and sell-offs--as signals that the boom times may be winding down and a tightening of the surety market may be just around the corner.