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security   WordNet 2.0

- measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.
"military security has been stepped up since the recent uprising"

 
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- an electrical device that sets off an alarm when someone tries to break in

 
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- a guarantee that an obligation will be met

 
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- freedom from anxiety or fear
"the watch dog gave her a feeling of security"

 
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- a department responsible for the security of the institution''s property and workers
"the head of security was a former policeman"

 
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- defense against financial failure

- financial independence
"his pension gave him security in his old age"
"insurance provided protection against loss of wages due to illness"

 
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- property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation
"bankers are reluctant to lend without good security"

 
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- a formal declaration that documents a fact of relevance to finance and investment

- the holder has a right to receive interest or dividends
"he held several valuable securities"

 
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- the state of being free from danger or injury
"we support the armed services in the name of national security"

 
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Security   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. The condition or quality of being secure; secureness. Specifically: (a) Freedom from apprehension, anxiety, or care; confidence of power or safety; hence, assurance; certainty.

"His trembling hand had lost the ease, Which marks security to please." -- Sir W. Scott.

(b) Hence, carelessness; negligence; heedlessness.

"He means, my lord, that we are too remiss, Whilst Bolingbroke, through our security, Grows strong and great in substance and in power." -- Shak.

(c) Freedom from risk; safety.

"Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard, From firm security." -- Shak.

"Some . . . alleged that we should have no security for our trade." -- Swift.

2. That which secures or makes safe; protection; guard; defense. Specifically: (a) Something given, deposited, or pledged, to make certain the fulfillment of an obligation, the performance of a contract, the payment of a debt, or the like; surety; pledge.

"Those who lent him money lent it on no security but his bare word." -- Macaulay.

(b) One who becomes surety for another, or engages himself for the performance of another's obligation.

3. An evidence of debt or of property, as a bond, a certificate of stock, etc.; as, government securities.

Syn. -- Protection; defense; guard; shelter; safety; certainty; ease; assurance; carelessness; confidence; surety; pledge; bail.

 
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