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+ secure , from -ity Middle English , from securite Middle French (modern securité ), from sécurité Latin , from sēcūritās Latin sēcūrus ( “ safe, secure ” ), from se- ( “ without ” ) + cura ( “ care ” ); see . Similar to Latin cure sine cura ( “ without care, carefree ” ), which led to English . sinecure Doublet of .
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security ( , countable and uncountable plural )
( uncountable ) The condition of not being threatened, especially physically, psychologically, emotionally, or financially.
c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “ The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act III, scene vii]: OCLC 606515358 Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard, / From firm security. (Can we
date this quote by Jonathan Swift and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) Some [… ] alleged that we should have no security for our trade.
( countable ) Something that secures. An
organization or department responsible for providing security by enforcing laws, rules, and regulations as well as maintaining order.
2013 June 8, “ The new masters and commanders”, in , volume 407, number 8839, page 52: The Economist From the ground, Colombo’s port does not look like much. Those entering it are greeted by wire fences, walls dating back to colonial times and security posts. For mariners leaving the port after lonely nights on the high seas, the delights of the B52 Night Club and Stallion Pub lie a stumble away.
( law ) Something that secures the fulfillment of an obligation or law.
( law ) Freedom from apprehension.
( finance , often used in plural ) A tradeable financial asset, such as a share of stock. W
( finance ) Proof of ownership of stocks, bonds or other investment instruments.
( finance ) Property etc. temporarily relinquished to guarantee repayment of a loan. A
1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 12, in The History of England from the Accession of James II: Those who lent him money lent it on no security but his bare word. ( obsolete ) Carelessness; negligence.
1595 December 9 (first known performance) , William Shakespeare, “ The life and death of King Richard the Second”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies ( First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, , [Act III, scene ii]: OCLC 606515358 He means, my lord, that we are too remiss, Whilst Bolingbroke, through our security, Grows strong and great in substance and in power.
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→ Japanese: セキュリティ ( sekyuriti )
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condition of not being threatened
siguri (sq) f Arabic:
أَمْن m ( ʾamn ), أَمَان f ( ʾamān ), سَلَامَة f ( salāma ) Armenian:
ապահովություն (hy) ( apahovutʿyun ) Asturian:
seguridá f Azerbaijani:
təhlükəsizlik (az) Belarusian:
бяспе́ка f ( bjaspjéka ) Bengali:
নিরাপত্তা ( nirapôtta ) Bulgarian:
безопа́сност (bg) f ( bezopásnost ) Burmese:
လုံခြုံရေး (my) ( lumhkrum-re: ), ဘေးဆီးရန်ကာ (my) ( bhe:hci:ranka ) Catalan:
seguretat (ca) f Chinese:
Mandarin: 安全 (zh) ( ānquán ) Czech:
bezpečí (cs) , n bezpečnost (cs) , f jistota (cs) , f zajištění n Danish:
sikkerhed c Dutch:
veiligheid (nl) , f zekerheid (nl) f Estonian:
, ohutus turvalisus Faroese:
trygd f Finnish:
turvallisuus , (fi) turva (fi) French:
sécurité (fr) f Friulian:
sigurece f Georgian:
დაცულობა ( daculoba ), უსაფრთხოება ( usaprtxoeba ), უშიშროება ( ušišroeba ) German:
Sicherheit (de) f Greek:
ασφάλεια (el) f ( asfáleia )
Ancient: ἀσφάλεια f ( aspháleia ) Hebrew:
בִּטָחוֹן (he) m ( bitakhón ) Hindi:
सुरक्षा (hi) f ( surakṣā ), ज़ामिन ( zāmin ) Hungarian:
biztonság (hu) Icelandic:
öryggi (is) n Indonesian:
keselamatan , (id) keamanan (id) Irish:
tearmann m Italian:
sicurezza (it) f Japanese:
安全 (ja) ( あんぜん, anzen ), セキュリティー (ja) ( sekyuritī ) Kazakh:
қауіпсіздік ( qawipsizdik ) Khmer:
និរន្តរាយ (km) ( nirɑntaʾraay ), សន្តិសុខ (km) ( sɑntesok ) Korean:
안전 (ko) ( anjeon ) Kurdish:
Sorani: ئەمانەت (ku) ( emanet ), ئاشتی (ku) ( aştî ) Kyrgyz: коопсуздук (ky) ( koopsuzduk )
organization or department responsible for providing security
something that secures the fulfillment of an obligation
finance: tradeable financial asset
finance: property temporarily relinquished
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References [ edit ]
security at OneLook Dictionary Search security in
Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, edited by The Keywords Project, Colin MacCabe, Holly Yanacek, 2018.
security in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911 on Wikipedia. security Wikipedia