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[gar-uh n-tee] /ˈgær ənˌti/
noun, plural guaranties.
a warrant, pledge, or formal assurance given as security that another's debt or obligation will be fulfilled.
something that is taken or presented as security.
the act of giving security.
a person who acts as a guarantor.
verb (used with object), guarantied, guarantying.
1585-95; < Anglo-French guarantie. See warrant, -y3
Related forms
nonguaranty, noun, plural nonguaranties.
reguaranty, noun, plural reguaranties.
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  • And, it is foolish to ask the mortgagor to guaranty those verifications.
  • To start the guaranty purchase process, the lender must first make demand for the repurchase of the guaranty.
British Dictionary definitions for guaranty


noun (pl) -ties
a pledge of responsibility for fulfilling another person's obligations in case of that person's default
a thing given or taken as security for a guaranty
the act of providing security
a person who acts as a guarantor
verb -ties, -tying, -tied
a variant of guarantee
Word Origin
C16: from Old French garantie, variant of warantie, of Germanic origin; see warranty
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Word Origin and History for guaranty

"act or fact of guaranteeing," 1520s, garrantye, from earlier garant (see guarantee) with influence from Old French garantie "protection, defense," originally past participle of garantir "to protect," from the same source. The sense of "pledge given as security" that developed 17c. in guarantee might reasonably have left the sense "act of guaranteeing" to this form of the word, but the forms remain confused.

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Encyclopedia Article for guaranty

in law, assumption of liability for the obligations of another. In modern usage the term guaranty has largely superseded suretyship.

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