(?), n.;
pl. Securities (#).
[L. securitas: cf. F. scurit. See Secure, and cf. Surety.] 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.
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His trembling hand had lost the ease,
Which marks security to please.
Sir W. Scott.
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(b) Hence, carelessness; negligence; heedlessness.
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He means, my lord, that we are too remiss,
Whilst Bolingbroke, through our security,
Grows strong and great in substance and in power.
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(c) Freedom from risk; safety.
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Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard,
From firm security.
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Some . . . alleged that we should have no security for our trade.
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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.
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Those who lent him money lent it on no security but his bare word.
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(b) One who becomes surety for another, or engages himself for the performance of another's obligation.
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3. An evidence of debt or of property, as a bond, a certificate of stock, etc.; as, government securities.
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Syn. -- Protection; defense; guard; shelter; safety; certainty; ease; assurance; carelessness; confidence; surety; pledge; bail.
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