surety

[shoor-i-tee, shoor-tee, shur-i-tee, shur-tee]
noun, plural sureties.
1.
security against loss or damage or for the fulfillment of an obligation, the payment of a debt, etc.; a pledge, guaranty, or bond.
2.
a person who has made himself or herself responsible for another, as a sponsor, godparent, or bondsman.
3.
the state or quality of being sure.
5.
something that makes sure; ground of confidence or safety.
6.
a person who is legally responsible for the debt, default, or delinquency of another.
7.
assurance, especially self-assurance.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English surte < Middle French; Old French seurte < Latin sēcūritāt-, stem of sēcūritās security

oversurety, noun
subsurety, noun, plural subsureties.
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surety (ˈʃʊətɪ, ˈʃʊərɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
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.  obsolete the quality or condition of being sure
4.  obsolete a means of assurance or safety
5.  stand surety to act as a surety
 
[C14: from Old French seurte, from Latin sēcūritāssecurity]
 
'suretyship
 
n

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surety
c.1300, from O.Fr. seurté, from L. securitatem (nom. securitas) "freedom from care or danger, safety, security," from securus (see secure). Until 1966, the Fr. national criminal police department was the Sûreté nationale.
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Surety definition


one who becomes responsible for another. Christ is the surety of the better covenant (Heb. 7:22). In him we have the assurance that all its provisions will be fully and faithfully carried out. Solomon warns against incautiously becoming security for another (Prov. 6:1-5; 11:15; 17:18; 20:16).

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Example sentences
The speed and surety of e-mail rejection letters is admirable.
Although it is impossible to say with surety why or how a religion or a race
  takes a certain direction, one can attempt a theory.
But there is no surety to the fact that two dimensions can exactly define a
  location.
But the fact that the effort is earnest is no surety of its success.
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