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Middle English , from securite (French: Old French ), from sécurité Latin , from securitas Latin " securus safe, secure", from se- ( “ without ” ) + cura ( “ care ” ); see cure. Similar to Latin sine cura ( “ without care, carefree ” ), which led to English . sinecure
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security ( , countable and uncountable plural ) securities
( uncountable ) The condition of not being threatened, especially physically, psychologically, emotionally, or financially.
Give up yourself merely to chance and hazard, / From firm
security. Jonathan Swift
[… ] 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
Those who lent him money lent it on no
security but his bare word.
( obsolete ) Carelessness; negligence.
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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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 ) Catalan:
seguretat (ca) f Chinese:
安全 (zh) ( ānquán ) Czech:
bezpečí (cs) , n bezpečnost (cs) , f jistota , f zajištění n Danish:
sikkerhed c Dutch:
veiligheid (nl) , f zekerheid (nl) f Estonian:
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 ) Hebrew:
בִּטָחוֹן (he) m ( bitakhón ) Hindi:
सुरक्षा (hi) f ( surakṣā ) Hungarian:
biztonság (hu) Icelandic:
öryggi 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) ( ni’rɑnta’raay ), សន្តិសុខ (km) ( sɑnte’ sok ) Korean:
안전 (ko) ( anjeon ) Kurdish:
ئهمانهت , (ku) ئاشتی (ku) Kyrgyz:
коопсуздук (ky) ( koopsuzduk ) Lao:
ຄວາມປອດໄພ ( khuām pǭt phai ), ປອດໄພ ( pǭt phai )
organization or department responsible for providing security
something that secures the fulfillment of an obligation
finance: proof of ownership
finance: property temporarily relinquished
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