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Dictionary definition for: Collateral

1. (n) a security pledged for the repayment of a loan

2. (a) descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives" "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"

3. (s) serving to support or corroborate; "collateral evidence"

4. (s) accompaniment to something else; "collateral target damage from a bombing run"

5. (s) situated or running side by side; "collateral ridges of mountains"

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