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Definition of "collateral" []

  • Situated or running side by side; parallel. (adjective)
  • Coinciding in tendency or effect; concomitant or accompanying. (adjective)
  • Serving to support or corroborate: collateral evidence. (adjective)
  • Of a secondary nature; subordinate: collateral target damage from a bombing run. (adjective)
  • Of, relating to, or guaranteed by a security pledged against the performance of an obligation: a collateral loan. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "collateral" in a sentence
  • "Schmidt, on the other hand, never used the term collateral damage -- or any similar term, because that would have completely undermined her fairy tale of righteous indignation."
  • "President Bush, the Iraqi people are not collateral damage they are victims yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'President Bush, the Iraqi people are not collateral damage they are victims'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: I am sick of the term collateral damage when it comes to their lives being taken and when it pertains to Americans who are killed through acts of terror and hate, we label them victims."
  • "I am sick of the term collateral damage when it comes to their lives being taken and when it pertains to Americans who are killed through acts of terror and hate, we label them victims."