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kəˈlæt ər əlcol·lat·er·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. collateral(adj)

    a security pledged for the repayment of a loan

  2. collateral, indirect(adj)

    descended from a common ancestor but through different lines

    "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"

  3. collateral, confirmative, confirming, confirmatory, corroborative, corroboratory, substantiating, substantiative, validating, validatory, verificatory, verifying(adj)

    serving to support or corroborate

    "collateral evidence"

  4. collateral(adj)

    accompany, concomitant

    "collateral target damage from a bombing run"

  5. collateral(adj)

    situated or running side by side

    "collateral ridges of mountains"


  1. collateral(Noun)

    A security or guarantee (usually an asset) pledged for the repayment of a loan if one cannot procure enough funds to repay. (Originally supplied as "accompanying" security.)

  2. collateral(Noun)

    A collateral (not linear) family member.

  3. collateral(Noun)

    A branch of a bodily part or system of organs

    Besides the arteries blood streams through numerous veins we call collaterals

  4. collateral(Adjective)

    parallel, along the same vein, side by side.

  5. collateral(Adjective)

    Corresponding; accompanying, concomitant.

  6. collateral(Adjective)

    being aside from the main subject; tangential, subordinate, ancillary.

    Although not a direct cause, the twin towers were certainly a collateral incitement for the war.

  7. collateral(Adjective)

    (family) of an indirect ancestral relationship, as opposed to lineal descendency.

    Uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces are collateral relatives.

  8. collateral(Adjective)

    relating to a collateral in the sense of an obligation or security

  9. collateral(Adjective)

    expensive to the extent of being paid through a loan

Webster Dictionary

  1. Collateral(adj)

    coming from, being on, or directed toward, the side; as, collateral pressure

    Etymology: [LL. collateralis; col- + lateralis lateral. See Lateral.]

  2. Collateral(adj)

    acting in an indirect way

    Etymology: [LL. collateralis; col- + lateralis lateral. See Lateral.]

  3. Collateral(adj)

    related to, but not strictly a part of, the main thing or matter under consideration; hence, subordinate; not chief or principal; as, collateral interest; collateral issues

    Etymology: [LL. collateralis; col- + lateralis lateral. See Lateral.]

  4. Collateral(adj)

    tending toward the same conclusion or result as something else; additional; as, collateral evidence

    Etymology: [LL. collateralis; col- + lateralis lateral. See Lateral.]

  5. Collateral(adj)

    descending from the same stock or ancestor, but not in the same line or branch or one from the other; -- opposed to lineal

    Etymology: [LL. collateralis; col- + lateralis lateral. See Lateral.]

  6. Collateral(noun)

    a collateral relative

    Etymology: [LL. collateralis; col- + lateralis lateral. See Lateral.]

  7. Collateral(noun)

    collateral security; that which is pledged or deposited as collateral security

    Etymology: [LL. collateralis; col- + lateralis lateral. See Lateral.]


  1. Collateral

    Collateral is a 2004 American crime thriller film directed by Michael Mann from a screenplay written by Stuart Beattie, and starring Tom Cruise as a contract killer and Jamie Foxx as a taxi driver who finds himself his hostage. The film is set in Los Angeles, California, and the supporting cast includes Jada Pinkett Smith and Mark Ruffalo. Foxx's performance was widely praised and he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Collateral

    kol-at′ėr-al, adj. side by side: running parallel or together; corresponding; descended from the same ancestor, but not directly, as the children of brothers.—n. a collateral relation: a contemporary: a rival.—adv. Collat′erally. [L. col, and latus, lateris, a side.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of collateral in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of collateral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of collateral in a Sentence

  1. Naghmeh Abedini:

    These are human lives. Lives which hold inherent dignity endowed by our Creator, they are neither a mere statistic nor collateral damage in the world's attempt to curtail Iran's nuclear development. They are husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers. Do not forget them.

  2. Paul Kamenar:

    I have no idea, they're basically doing what appears to be fishing expeditions for some of these collateral witnesses.

  3. Fausto Spotorno:

    The notes had to be transferred into bonds before they could be sold as a way of increasing central bank reserves, the central bank could also try to use them as collateral for a loan, at least in the local market and perhaps with the international investment banks.

  4. Refugees Antonio Guterres:

    This is a mistake, and precisely the wrong reaction for an era in which record numbers of people are fleeing wars, security and immigration management are concerns for any country, but policies must be designed in a way that human lives do not end up becoming collateral damage.

  5. William Barr:

    In any age, the so-called progressives treat politics as their religion. Their holy mission is to use the coercive power of the State to remake man and society in their own image, according to an abstract ideal of perfection. Whatever means they use are therefore justified because, by definition, they are a virtuous people pursing a deific end. They are willing to use any means necessary to gain momentary advantage in achieving their end, regardless of collateral consequences and the systemic implications. They never ask whether the actions they take could be justified as a general rule of conduct, equally applicable to all sides.

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  • جانبيةArabic
  • успореден, косвен, съпътствуващBulgarian
  • zástava, kolaterál, zajištěníCzech
  • weitläufig, Neben-, Begleitmaterial, Werbematerial, nebeneinanderliegend, hinzukommend, Marketing-Material, begleitend, entfernt, Begleit-, entfernte Verwandte, Pfand, Bei-, weitläufige Verwandtschaft, entfernter Verwandter, benachbart, SicherheitGerman
  • prendaSpanish
  • rinnakkais-, vakuus, pantti, rinnakkainenFinnish
  • collatéral, indirecteFrench
  • 傍系親族の, カタログ, 担保, パンフレット, 傍系縁者の, 傍系のJapanese
  • 평행한, 담보물Korean
  • collateralisLatin
  • moni punga, pungaMāori
  • subsidiair, begeleidend, nevenverwant, zijdelings, vertakking, pand, onderpand, collateraal, bijkomstigDutch
  • сопутствующий, косвенный, залог, боковой, побочный, поручительствоRussian
  • zástava, zálohaSlovak
  • pant, säkerhetSwedish
  • dhamanaSwahili
  • 抵押Chinese

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. eminent
    • B. elusive
    • C. extroversive
    • D. soft-witted

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