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kəˈlæt ər əlcol·lat·er·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. collateraladjective

    a security pledged for the repayment of a loan

  2. collateral, indirectadjective

    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, verifyingadjective

    serving to support or corroborate

    "collateral evidence"

  4. collateraladjective

    accompany, concomitant

    "collateral target damage from a bombing run"

  5. collateraladjective

    situated or running side by side

    "collateral ridges of mountains"


  1. collateralnoun

    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. collateralnoun

    A collateral (not linear) family member.

  3. collateralnoun

    A branch of a bodily part or system of organs

    Besides the arteries blood streams through numerous veins we call collaterals

  4. collateraladjective

    parallel, along the same vein, side by side.

  5. collateraladjective

    Corresponding; accompanying, concomitant.

  6. collateraladjective

    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. collateraladjective

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

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

  8. collateraladjective

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

  9. collateraladjective

    expensive to the extent of being paid through a loan

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Collateraladjective

    Etymology: con and latus, Latin.

    In his bright radiance and collateral light
    Must I be comforted, not in his sphere. William Shakespeare.

    Thus saying, from his radiant seat he rose,
    Of high collateral glory. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 86.

    But man by number is to manifest
    His single imperfection; and beget
    Like of his like, his image multiply’d;
    In unity defective, which requires
    Collateral love, and dearest amity. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    The estate and inheritance of a person dying intestate, is, by right of devolution, according to the civil law, given to such as are allied to him ex latere, commonly stiled collaterals, if there be no ascendants or descendants surviving at the time of his death. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    They shall hear and judge ’twixt you and me,
    If by direct or by collateral hand
    They find us touch’d, we will our kingdom give
    To you in satisfaction. William Shakespeare.

    All the force of the motive lies entirely within itself: it receives no collateral strength from external considerations. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.


  1. collateral

    Collateral is an asset or property that a borrower offers as a guarantee to a lender in order to secure a loan. In case of the borrower's default, the lender has the legal right to seize the collateral and sell it to cover the loan loss. It reduces the risk for the lender and can help the borrower to secure loans that they otherwise might not be able to get.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Collateraladjective

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

  2. Collateraladjective

    acting in an indirect way

  3. Collateraladjective

    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

  4. Collateraladjective

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

  5. Collateraladjective

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

  6. Collateralnoun

    a collateral relative

  7. Collateralnoun

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

  8. 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. Kendall Coffey:

    Ten percent is a premium you pay a surety company, or bail bondsman, Coffey said. To get a bond in almost all cases you have to be able to fully collateralize that $150,000, meaning that either George Zimmerman or his parents have to come up with a $150,000 second mortgage on their house or from a bank. The bonding company is not a charity. They stand to lose the money. They have more than just fugitive hunters [to track down a defendant who flees.] They get collateral up front.

  2. Deven Choksey:

    BJP's performance in the two states is actually quite convincing. I think collateral sales due to global fears have somewhat weighed on the market today.

  3. Mohammed Ali Yasin:

    The speed by which we see these daily drops can only be explained by banks liquidating big portfolios that were collateral for margin trading.

  4. David Bullock:

    These are very big tax liens, and the collateral is the casinos, and who knows whether you can use them and re-deploy them for some other purpose.

  5. Jens Walter:

    The idea here is not really to criticize the modern lifestyle and its practices, modern lifestyle has tremendous benefits, but obviously, there is a good possibility it also came with a trade-off or collateral damage, and the idea is really to find what is it in modern lifestyle that potentially causes this collateral damage.

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  • جانبيةArabic
  • съпътствуващ, косвен, успореденBulgarian
  • zástava, zajištění, kolaterálCzech
  • entfernte Verwandte, entfernt, benachbart, Begleit-, begleitend, Sicherheit, entfernter Verwandter, weitläufige Verwandtschaft, Marketing-Material, hinzukommend, nebeneinanderliegend, Neben-, Pfand, Werbematerial, weitläufig, Bei-, BegleitmaterialGerman
  • prendaSpanish
  • rinnakkainen, rinnakkais-, vakuus, panttiFinnish
  • indirecte, collatéralFrench
  • jaminanIndonesian
  • 傍系の, 傍系縁者の, パンフレット, 担保, カタログ, 傍系親族のJapanese
  • 평행한, 담보물Korean
  • collateralisLatin
  • punga, moni pungaMāori
  • subsidiair, begeleidend, bijkomstig, nevenverwant, zijdelings, vertakking, pand, collateraal, onderpandDutch
  • побочный, сопутствующий, косвенный, залог, боковой, поручительствоRussian
  • záloha, zástavaSlovak
  • säkerhet, pantSwedish
  • dhamanaSwahili
  • teminatTurkish
  • 抵押Chinese

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. motile
    • B. flabby
    • C. naiant
    • D. bristly

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