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security

Definition of security

Etymology

    From Middle English securite < Old French (French: sÚcuritÚ) < Latin securitas < Latin securus "safe, secure".

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /sɪˈkjʊəɹəti/, SAMPA: /sI"kjU@r@ti/
  • (GenAm) IPA: /səˈkjuɹ.ɪˌti, SAMPA: /sI"kjUr@ti/
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Noun

security (countable and uncountable; plural securities)

  1. (uncountable) the condition of not being threatened, especially physically, psychologically, emotionally, or financially
  2. (countable) something that secures.
  3. an organization or department responsible for providing security by enforcing laws, rules, and regulations as well as maintaining order.
  4. (law) something that secures the fulfillment of an obligation or law.
  5. (law) Freedom from apprehension.
  6. (finance) proof of ownership of stocks, bonds or other investment instruments.
  7. (finance) property temporarily relinquished to guarantee repayment of a loan

Synonyms

  • (condition of not being threatened): safety
  • (something that secures): protection
  • (something that secures the fulfillment of an obligation): guarantee, surety

Antonyms

  • (condition of being threatened): insecurity

Derived terms

  • Security Council
  • security procedure
  • social security
  • security blanket
  • security hole
  • information security
  • computer security

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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