se·cur·i·ty /si-'kyu̇r-ə-tē/ n pl -ties
1 a: something (as a mortgage or collateral) that is provided to make certain the fulfillment of an obligation
used his property as security for a loan
2: evidence of indebtedness, ownership, or the right to ownership; specif: evidence of investment in a common enterprise (as a corporation or partnership) made with the expectation of deriving a profit solely from the efforts of others who acquire control over the funds invested
a security involves some form of investment contract see also due diligence
asset–backed security: a security (as a bond) that represents ownership in or is secured by a pool of assets (as loans or receivables) that have been securitized
bearer security: a security (as a bearer bond) that is not registered and is payable to anyone in possession of it
cer·tif·i·cat·ed security /sər-'ti-fə-ˌkā-təd-/: a security that belongs to or is divisible into a class or series of shares, participations, interests, or obligations, is a commonly recognized medium of investment, and is represented on an instrument payable to the bearer or a specified person or on an instrument registered on books by or on behalf of the issuer
convertible security: a security (as a share of preferred stock) that the owner has the right to convert into a share or obligation of another class or series (as common stock)
debt security: a security (as a bond) serving as evidence of the indebtedness of the issuer (as a government or corporation) to the owner
equity security: a security (as a share of stock) serving as evidence of an ownership interest in the issuer; also: one convertible to or serving as evidence of a right to purchase, sell, or subscribe to such a security
ex·empt·ed security: a security (as a government bond) exempt from particular requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission (as those relating to registration on a security exchange)
fixed–income security: a security (as a bond) that provides a fixed rate of return on an investment (as because of a fixed interest rate or dividend)
government security: a security (as a Treasury bill) that is issued by a government, a government agency, or a corporation in which a government has a direct or indirect interest
hybrid security: a security with characteristics of both an equity security and a debt security
mortgage–backed security: a security that represents ownership in or is secured by a pool of mortgage obligations; specif: a pass-through security based on mortgage obligations
pass–through security: a security representing an ownership interest in a pool of debt obligations from which payments of interest and principal pass from the debtor through an intermediary (as a bank) to the investor; esp: one based on a pool of mortgage obligations guaranteed by a federal government agency compare collateralized mortgage obligation, remic
registered security
1: a security (as a registered bond) whose owner is registered on the books of the issuer
2: a security that is to be offered for sale and for which a registration statement has been submitted
restricted security: a security accompanied by restrictions on its free transfer or registration of transfer
shelf security: a corporate security held for deferred issue in a shelf registration
Treasury security: a security issued by a government treasury: treasury (3)
un·cer·tif·i·cat·ed security /ˌən-sər-'ti-fə-ˌkā-təd-/: a security that belongs to or is divisible into a class or series of shares, participations, interests, or obligations, that is a commonly recognized medium of investment, that is not represented by an instrument, and the transfer of which is registered on books by or on behalf of the issuer
unregistered security: a security for which a registration statement has not been filed
when–is·sued security: a security traded on a conditional basis prior to its issue
3 a: measures taken to guard against espionage or sabotage, crime, attack, or escape
b: an organization or department whose task is security

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (pledge) noun bail, bond, collateral, debenture, deposit, earnest, gage, guarantee, indemnity, insurance, lien, pawn, pignoration, promise, promissory note, stipulation, surety, token, vadium, voucher, warranty associated concepts: collateral security, investment securities, issuing securities, public securities, real security, sale of securities, security agreement, security deposit, security interest, treasury securities, valuable securities II (safety) noun anchor, assurance, asylum, bastion, bulwark, certainty, defense, dependability, faith, freedom from danger, freedom from harm, guard, immovability, immunity, impregnability, incolumitas, invulnerability, maintenance, palladium, preservation, protection, rampart, reliance, safe conduct, safeguard, safeness, salus, salvation, sanctuary, secureness, shelter, stability, support, trust, unassailability, unattackability associated concepts: national security III (stock) noun assets, bill of exchange, capital, cautio, certificate of debt, certificate of indebtedness, coupon, funds, indenture, invested property, investment, money invested, negotiable instrument, negotiable paper, obligation, pignus, secured debenture IV index accommodation (backing), assurance, asylum (protection), bail, binder, bond, bulwark, certainty, charge (lien), check (instrument), cloud (incumbrance), confidence (faith), deposit, guaranty, handsel, hostage, hypothecation, indemnity, inviolability, letter of credit, lien, mainstay, mortgage, pledge (security), precaution, preservation, protection, recognizance, refuge, reliance, safeguard, safekeeping, share (stock), shelter (protection), shelter (tax benefit), shield, specialty (contract), stock (shares), undertaking (bond), undertaking (pledge), ward, warrant (guaranty)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

As security for borrowing, a lender commonly takes a charge over some or all of a company's assets. This allows the lender to take and sell the secured assets and to use the proceeds to repay the indebtedness.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.

(1) Safety; protection; the state of being protected from danger, loss, or threat.
(2) Collateral; an item promised as a forfeit in case of default.
(3) A stock, bond, debenture, or other interest that represents a share in ownership of a company or evidence of the company’s indebtedness; an instrument that gives its owner the right to money or property;
securities See also stock, bond, Securities and Exchange Commission

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

in connection with the granting of a loan facility, the obtaining by the lender of rights additional to those deriving from the borrower to pay the interest due and to repay the principal debt in accordance with the provisions of the loan agreement; it confers a right to look to some identified fund or property, or to some other person, for payment. Those forms of security conferring recourse to particular funds or property are mortgage, charge, pledge, hypothec and lien. The forms of security permitting a creditor to look to a third party for satisfaction are guarantee and indemnity. See standard security.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

This term security has a number of meanings. In the context of:
Finance, something given, deposited, or pledged to make secure the fulfillment of an obligation, usually the repayment of a debt. In a secured loan financing, the borrower will grant a security interest in collateral as security for the performance of its obligations and the payment of its debt under a loan agreement.
Securities and capital markets, an instrument that represents ownership (stock), a creditor relationship (bond), or other right to ownership (option). The US securities laws (the Securities Act of 1933 (as amended), Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (as amended), Investment Company Act of 1940 and Investment Advisers Act of 1940) define securities to be of an enumerated list of financial products.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

1 Safety; the condition of being protected against harm.
2 Collateral given or promised to guarantee the repayment of a debt.
3 A document that is evidence of ownership in a corporation (for example, a stock or share), or a creditor's being owed money by a corporation or government (for example, a bond).

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Protection; assurance; indemnification.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Protection; assurance; indemnification.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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