noun (plural -ties) Date: 15th century 1. the quality or state of being secure: as a. freedom from danger ; safety b. freedom from fear or anxiety c. freedom from the prospect of being laid off <
job security
2. a. something given, deposited, or pledged to make certain the fulfillment of an obligation b. surety 3. an instrument of investment in the form of a document (as a stock certificate or bond) providing evidence of its ownership 4. a. something that secures ; protection b. (1) measures taken to guard against espionage or sabotage, crime, attack, or escape (2) an organization or department whose task is security

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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