collateral

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Etymology[edit]

Recorded since c.1378, from Old French, from Medieval Latin collaterālis, from Latin col- (together with) (a form of con-) + the stem of latus (side).

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  • IPA(key): /kəˈlætəɹəl/

Adjective[edit]

collateral (not comparable)

  1. parallel, along the same vein, side by side.
  2. Corresponding; accompanying, concomitant.
    • Wordsworth
      Yet the attempt may give / Collateral interest to this homely tale.
  3. Being aside from the main subject; tangential, subordinate, ancillary.
    Although not a direct cause, the border skirmish was certainly a collateral incitement for the war.
    • Macaulay
      That he [Atterbury] was altogether in the wrong on the main question, and on all the collateral questions springing out of it, [] is true.
  4. (family) of an indirect ancestral relationship, as opposed to lineal descendency.
    Uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces are collateral relatives.
    • 1885, Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, volume 5,
      The pure blood all descends from five collateral lines called Al-Khamsah (the Cinque).
  5. relating to a collateral in the sense of an obligation or security
  6. expensive to the extent of being paid through a loan
  7. Coming or directed along the side.
    collateral pressure
    • Shakespeare
      collateral light
  8. Acting in an indirect way.
    • Shakespeare
      If by direct or by collateral hand / They find us touched, we will our kingdom give [] / To you in satisfaction.

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Noun[edit]

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collateral (plural collaterals)

  1. 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. (now rare) A collateral (not linear) family member.
  3. A branch of a bodily part or system of organs
    Besides the arteries blood streams through numerous veins we call collaterals

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