collateral

It's what you promise to give someone if you don't repay a loan, like the car you put up as collateral when you take a loan out from the bank. As an adjective, collateral can refer to something indirect or off to the side, like collateral damage.

Collateral is the watch you put on the table in a poker game, or the shoes you trade in at the bowling alley. If you pay back your debts, you get your goods back. As an adjective, collateral describes something indirect, like collateral damage (non-soldiers inadvertently killed in war) or collateral relatives such as your second-cousin-once-removed that your mother keeps bugging you to call.

Primary Meanings of collateral

1.
adj
accompanying; concomitant
2.
adj
descended from a common ancestor but through different lines
3.
n
a security pledged for the repayment of a loan
Full Definitions of collateral
1

adj accompanying; concomitant

collateral target damage from a bombing run”
Synonyms:
secondary
being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate

adj serving to support or corroborate

adj situated or running side by side

collateral ridges of mountains”
Synonyms:
parallel
being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting
2

adj descended from a common ancestor but through different lines

“cousins are collateral relatives”
Synonyms:
indirect
related
connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage
Antonyms:
direct, lineal
in a straight unbroken line of descent from parent to child
matrilineal, matrilinear
based on or tracing descent through the female line
patrilineal, patrilinear
based on or tracing descent through the male line
unilateral
tracing descent from either the paternal or the maternal line only
related
connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage
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3

n a security pledged for the repayment of a loan

Types:
guarantee, guaranty
a collateral agreement to answer for the debt of another in case that person defaults
Type of:
security interest
any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation

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