Legal Definition and Related Resources of Collateral

Meaning of Collateral

Situated, running side by side, parallel , co-ordinate, corresponding, additional to the obligations of a contract or the like. Also secondary , subordinate , related to main matter and consideration but not strictly a part thereof. See James Emp. credit union v Hawley, 87 N. W.2d299, 2 Wis.2d490; Also see Smith v Landsden370 S. W.2d 557, 212 Tenn. 543.

Collateral Alternative Definition

(Lat. con, with, latus, the side). That which is by the side, and not the direct line; that which is additional to or beyond a thing.

Financial Definition of Collateral

Assets than can be repossessed if a borrower defaults.

Legal Definition of Collateral

Securities or other property pledged by a borrower to secure repayment of a loan.

Synonyms of Collateral

(Accompanying), adjective

  • accessory
  • additional
  • affiliated
  • ancillary
  • appertaining
  • associated
  • attendant
  • auxiliary
  • belonging
  • closely related
  • concomitant
  • concurrent
  • conjoined
  • connected
  • correlated
  • correspondent
  • corresponding
  • coupled with
  • entwined
  • interrelated
  • parallel
  • related
  • simultaneous
  • supplemental
  • supplementary Associated Concepts: collateral action
  • collateral agreement
  • collateral attack
  • collateral contract
  • collateral estoppel
  • collateral note
  • collateral powers
  • collateral proceeding
  • collateral promise
  • collateralsource rule
  • collateral undertaking
  • collateral warranties

(Immaterial), adjective

  • being of no importance
  • extraneous
  • impertinent
  • inapplicable
  • inappropriate
  • incidental
  • inconsequential
  • indifferent
  • insignificant
  • insubstantial
  • irrelevant
  • meaningless
  • minor
  • negligible
  • nonessential
  • nugatory
  • of little moment
  • peripheral
  • secondary
  • trifling
  • trivial
  • unconnected
  • unessential
  • unimportant Associated Concepts: collateral evidence
  • collateral facts
  • collateral fraud
  • collateral impeachment
  • collateral inquiry
  • collateral issue
  • collateral matter
  • collateral question
  • collateral testimony foreign phrases: Frustra probatur quod probatum non relevat
  • It is useless to prove that which when proved is irrelevant

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Collateral in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Abuse Of Process, Affinity, Amount In Controversy, Collateral Heirs, Collateral Matter, Collateral Mortgage, Collateral Order Doctrine, Collateral Security, Collateral Source Rule, Covenant, , Guarantee, Garranty, Guaranty, Habeas Corpus, Incorporeal Hereditament, Malicious Abuse Of Process, Margin, Margin Account, Natural Heir, Representation, Res Gesteae, Surety, Tithes, Totten Trust.


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English Legal System: Collateral

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Collateral : 1. adj. Describing the relationship between people who share a common ancestor but are descended from him through different lines of descent.

See also consanguinity.

2. adj. Ancillary; subordinate but connected to the main subject, etc.

3. n.

Security that is additional to the main security for a debt (or an advantage to the mortgagee that is additional to the payment of interest). For example, a lender may require as collateral the assignment of an insurance policy in addition to the principal security of a mortgage on the borrower’s home.

Collateral Definition (in the Accounting Vocabulary)

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants offers the following definition of Collateral in a way that is easy for anybody to understand: ASSET provided to a CREDITOR as security for a loan.

Concept of Collateral in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Collateral: By or at the side, additional or auxiliary. Mistakenly used to mean collateral security.

Concept of Collateral in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Collateral: By or at the side, additional or auxiliary. Mistakenly used to mean collateral security.


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