What does surety mean?

Definitions for suretyˈʃʊər ɪ ti, ˈʃʊər ti, ˈʃɜr-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word surety.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. surety(noun)

    something clearly established

  2. security, surety(noun)

    property that your creditor can claim in case you default on your obligation

    "bankers are reluctant to lend without good security"

  3. hostage, surety(noun)

    a prisoner who is held by one party to insure that another party will meet specified terms

  4. guarantor, surety, warrantor, warranter(noun)

    one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another

  5. security, surety(noun)

    a guarantee that an obligation will be met


  1. surety(Noun)


  2. surety(Noun)

    A promise to pay a sum of money in the event that another person fails to fulfill an obligation.

  3. surety(Noun)

    One who undertakes to pay money or perform other acts in the event that his principal fails therein.

  4. Origin: From seurté, from securitas, securitatem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surety(noun)

    the state of being sure; certainty; security

  2. Surety(noun)

    that which makes sure; that which confirms; ground of confidence or security

  3. Surety(noun)

    security against loss or damage; security for payment, or for the performance of some act

  4. Surety(noun)

    one who is bound with and for another who is primarily liable, and who is called the principal; one who engages to answer for another's appearance in court, or for his payment of a debt, or for performance of some act; a bondsman; a bail

  5. Surety(noun)

    hence, a substitute; a hostage

  6. Surety(noun)

    evidence; confirmation; warrant

  7. Surety(verb)

    to act as surety for

  8. Origin: [OE. seurte, OF. sert, F. sret. See Sure, Security.]


  1. Surety

    A surety, surety bond or guaranty, in finance, is a promise by one party to assume responsibility for the debt obligation of a borrower if that borrower defaults. The person or company that provides this promise, is also known as a surety or guarantor. The situation in which a surety is most typically required is when the ability of the primary obligor or principal to perform its obligations to the obligee under a contract is in question, or when there is some public or private interest which requires protection from the consequences of the principal's default or delinquency. In most common law jurisdictions, a contract of suretyship is subject to the Statute of Frauds and is only enforceable if recorded in writing and signed by the surety and the principal. In the United States, a surety bond may be required for certain federal projects due to the Miller Act; in addition, many states have adopted their own "Little Miller Acts". The surety transaction will typically involve a producer, and in the United States the National Association of Surety Bond Producers is a trade association which represents this group. If the surety is required to pay or perform due to the principal's failure to do so, the law will usually give the surety a right of subrogation, allowing the surety to "step into the shoes of" the principal and use his contractual rights to recover the cost of making payment or performing on the principal's behalf, even in the absence of an express agreement to that effect between the surety and the principal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Surety

    shōōr′ti, n. certainty: he who, or that which, makes sure: security against loss: one who becomes bound for another, a sponsor.—ns. Sure′tyship, Sure′tiship, state of being surety: obligation of one person to answer for another. [Doublet security.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surety in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surety in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Siddharth Astir:

    Surety is the end of creativity.

  2. Robert Duke:

    Losing the qualification to self bond and turning to the corporate surety market is uncharted territory.

  3. Donald Trump:

    No politician in history -- and I say this with great surety -- has been treated worse or more unfairly, don't give in.

  4. Sir Walter Raleigh:

    Above all things, be not made an ass to carry the burdens of other men if any friend desire thee to be his surety, give him a part of what thou has to spare if he presses thee further, he is not thy friend at all.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media, no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can't let them get you down, you can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams.

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