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Adjective: collateral  ku'la-t(u-)rul
  1. Serving to support or corroborate
    "collateral evidence";
    - confirmative, confirming, confirmatory, corroborative, corroboratory, substantiating, substantiative, validating, validatory, verificatory, verifying
  2. Additional but secondary; auxiliary;
  3. Situated or running side by side
    "collateral ridges of mountains"
  4. Occurring with or following as a consequence
    "collateral target damage from a bombing run";
    - attendant, consequent, accompanying, concomitant, incidental, ensuant, resultant, sequent
  5. Descended from a common ancestor but through different lines
    "cousins are collateral relatives";
    - indirect
Noun: collateral  ku'la-t(u-)rul
  1. A security pledged for the repayment of a loan

Derived forms: collaterals

See also: parallel, related, secondary, subsequent, supportive

Type of: security interest

Antonym: lineal

Encyclopedia: Collateral