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a constitution guarantees sth (=says it must happen or exist)
▪ Hungary's constitution guarantees freedom of religion.
ensure/guarantee sb’s safety
▪ There were few laws or regulations to ensure the safety of workers.
permit/promise/guarantee etc safe passage (to/for sb)
▪ The government offered safe passage to militants taking up their offer of peace talks.
▪ Mutation is almost guaranteed and one individual among billions is certain to draw the successful ticket in the genetic lottery.
▪ Cargo shares were of course proportioned to rank, but for the more senior officers it could almost guarantee wealth.
▪ Those price agreements, which virtually guarantee the firms a 25 percent profit on the drugs, are being renegotiated this month.
▪ Yet this refusal to intervene virtually guarantees that core group behavior will continue to be encouraged by profit-minded entrepreneurs.
▪ Official leniency is exploited by the smugglers who can virtually guarantee secure entry, whatever happens.
▪ Yet continuity of basic policy is virtually guaranteed by the retention of Norman Lamont at the Treasury.
▪ Like those cars, it's available in numbers exclusive enough to virtually guarantee future classic status.
▪ When he batted, his name did not merely promise runs as virtually guarantee them.
▪ The constitution should guarantee respect for equality and autonomy, yet leave individuals to pursue their own interests as they wish.
▪ The 8 by 14-inch paper outlines an argument that the Arizona Constitution already guarantees the right to carry concealed weapons.
▪ The constitution guarantees federal payments, but that does not mean they have to be made on time.
▪ The closed shop: Mr Fowler said the legislation would guarantee people the freedom to decide whether or not to join a union.
▪ Article 19 of the Covenant guarantees the right to freedom of expression in all its forms.
▪ However, that still leaves ministers well short of the 13 million tonnes they need to guarantee the future of enough pits.
▪ You can't guarantee the future. 7 Past Loves Is there some one he's never got over?
▪ They are also demanding that the government guarantee their security.
▪ Some even had government guaranteed prices.
▪ Can the Government guarantee that the recent increases in railfreight charges will not continue under their privatisation proposals?
▪ This was a classic example of big government advocates misunderstanding a problem and designing a government solution guaranteed to make it worse.
▪ While local programmes are the responsibility of the TECs, the Government guarantees the offer of help to particular groups of unemployed.
▪ That problem cost the federal government, which guarantees the loans for lenders, several billion dollars a year.
▪ The Bank lends to governments and governmental agencies, although private organizations can borrow if the national government guarantees the loan.
▪ And by age 75 they must use most of their pension fund to buy an annuity guaranteeing an income for life.
▪ Better by far to invest while the going is good, to guarantee yourself an income, rather than rely on an uncertain future.
▪ These reforms will ensure that every citizen is guaranteed a decent minimum income, whether or not they are in employment.
▪ Some have been guaranteed jobs on leaving school after proving themselves reliable.
▪ Improving the knowledge and skills of young people certainly does not guarantee that the jobs will come.
▪ Employers who join the Compact make a collective guarantee to offer jobs to young people who have achieved the Compact goals.
▪ Health benefits are maintained during the leave, and workers are guaranteed their job back when they return.
▪ Your ability to guarantee jobs will depend on the size and nature of your business, and recruitment pattern.
▪ He would demand work from welfare recipients but provide them with more day care and guaranteed public jobs.
▪ In return, they are guaranteed a job with training - or training leading to a job.
▪ Governments can easily guarantee their employees a job, without guaranteeing the job they currently hold.
▪ Thus in Britain, a series of laws have guaranteed solicitors a monopoly on particular services.
▪ On March 6 a federal judge, Gabriel Cavallo, repealed two amnesty laws that had guaranteed immunity for 1,180 army officers.
▪ The law guarantees that sufficient additional funds are available to act quickly in the event of a spill.
▪ Both sides have agreed on a new electoral law which guarantees secret balloting and an immediate count.
▪ Goldhawk has discovered that Ansbacher would not guarantee the loan notes until the Telecom deal was certain.
▪ The city would guarantee each loan for its first five years, to limit the bankers' risk.
▪ You should have been told that an endowment policy is not guaranteed to repay a loan.
▪ That problem cost the federal government, which guarantees the loans for lenders, several billion dollars a year.
▪ Firstly, loan demand must come from creditworthy customers who can guarantee loan repayment at a future date.
▪ Valmark guaranteed the loan with its three commercial properties in Chatsworth, which carried a value of $ 2. 2 million.
▪ A few pounds a month will guarantee the loan is repaid if the worst happens.
▪ Federal programs to guarantee loans to small businesses have been expanded and targeted at women.
▪ The Treuhandanstalt would guarantee creditors against losing money lent to businesses unsuccessfully attempting to adapt to unification.
▪ This is supposed to guarantee the new money will be stable and strong.
▪ And, if you're not delighted with your purchase, we guarantee to refund your money in full.
▪ First among these responsibilities is to guarantee sound money.
▪ And as with all our offers we guarantee to refund your money if you're not entirely satisfied with your order.
▪ The constitution guarantees federal payments, but that does not mean they have to be made on time.
▪ Instead, farmers would get a guaranteed but dwindling federal payment over each of the next seven years.
▪ An importer gets his own bank to guarantee payment by issuing a letter of credit.
▪ Under the Conservation Reserve Program, farmers are guaranteed rental payments to idle sensitive crop land.
▪ To do so would suggest that the Bank were in effect guaranteeing their payment at maturity.
▪ The federal government currently protects its nonworking elderly with a promise of guaranteed Social Security payments.
▪ The banks or organisations that issue them guarantee payment of bills run up by the credit card holder up to a certain limit.
▪ Instead, participating farmers will get guaranteed but declining federal payments.
▪ And as soon as any of the old big names are fit, they're guaranteed a place in the team.
▪ However, as the home country, the United States is guaranteed a place in the field.
▪ Whoever wins that bout is likely to be in the semi-finals, which should guarantee an Olympic place.
▪ It does not guarantee you some privileged place on earth.
▪ It would be a tremendous blow if Boro lost Pears for a game that could guarantee a Premier League place.
▪ A good performance from Baggio today would probably guarantee his place in Vicini's World Cup side.
▪ It guarantees a training place to all 16- and 17-year-olds who leave full-time education and can not find a job.
▪ The Government must speedily ensure that the necessary public and private resources are made available to guarantee the investment takes place.
▪ This is similar to a put option that guarantees investors a minimum price at which they can sell their shares.
▪ By selling gold forward, producers are guaranteed a fixed price for their future gold production.
▪ Basically the policy protected farmers by guaranteeing a price for their products and by setting up barriers against imports.
▪ Some even had government guaranteed prices.
▪ Keith Prowse are able to guarantee top price east stand seats together with first class hospitality facilities, situated within the Club.
▪ Jim McCrery, R-La., said competition among oil companies would guarantee lower prices for consumers.
▪ I guaranteed a starting price so long as I got last refusal - he was auctioning the piece.
▪ Two, they guarantee the lowest prices.
▪ Is it worth paying the extra money to a company in order to guarantee good quality support and back-up?
▪ Could Langlitz guarantee that level of quality, the company wonders, if it turned out 1, 000 jackets a month?
▪ Ways of guaranteeing a quality service to clients have also been pursued in specific fields of work.
▪ We will establish a new National Inspectorate for Health to guarantee a quality service.
▪ If so, did managers have access to the type of training which would guarantee their quality?
▪ Birds are bred by crossing champions, to try to guarantee a high quality of song.
▪ Sites will guarantee the quality of the information available from their links, and these might become the Yahoos of the future.
▪ Only when Anis controls every stage of production and can guarantee quality and delivery will it try exporting again.
▪ This includes two things: the guaranteed interest rate and the regular bonus rate.
▪ It is invested in Treasury securities with a guaranteed monthly rate.
▪ Every pound you repay on your mortgage offers a guaranteed rate of return of 11.5 per cent.
▪ These companies must pay a price that gives growers a guaranteed return, including a premium for social investment.
▪ A bond promises a fixed interest rate, fixed maturity and guaranteed return of your principal, barring default.
▪ Every pound you repay on your mortgage offers a guaranteed rate of return of 11.5 per cent.
▪ Unisys bought $ 211 million worth of these Executive Life contracts, which guarantee a specific return to investors.
▪ The agreement guarantees Kurds their safe return - but who is to be the guarantor of their long-term safety and freedom?
▪ Unfortunately, choosing a top-paying account now does not guarantee the best returns in the long run.
▪ Yet nowhere are people guaranteed a right to food.
▪ So far, 29 states have taken action to guarantee victims' rights.
▪ We don't guarantee immediate positive rights.
▪ We are, indeed, a nation of the law, and every citizen is guaranteed certain minimum rights.
▪ The comparative method discloses a number of key issues which any legislation guaranteeing equal employment rights for disabled workers must address.
▪ Pensions are guaranteed for workers whose right to them has been vested.
▪ Both guarantee every woman's rights to have a child and everybody's right to found a family.
▪ The Covenant is designed to guarantee civil and political rights to persons within each country that ratifies it.
▪ He threw out no sounding parties too weak to guarantee their own safety, and he lost none of them.
▪ The families agreed not to contact police to guarantee the safety of the two men.
▪ All this is supposed to guarantee a sense of safety, but after Mr Safra's death, the image is threatened.
▪ Do it only if you can guarantee your own safety.
▪ Omar expressed anxiety that we might be attacked as we withdrew from Bahdu, but Ali Wali guaranteed our safety.
▪ Interior Ministry officials have said that they can not guarantee safety for protesters, so public protests will be banned indefinitely.
▪ This will guarantee that safety and animal welfare standards have been satisfied.
▪ They are also demanding that the government guarantee their security.
▪ The federal government currently protects its nonworking elderly with a promise of guaranteed Social Security payments.
▪ He promised to guarantee the security of the populace and to continue the peace process.
▪ The salary, usually small by normal standards, guarantees these individuals security through slow times.
▪ We can't possibly guarantee their security and we wouldn't want to even if we could.
▪ For one consequence of the whole deception was to guarantee my job security.
Security in any situation can never be guaranteed but the security that farming provided was obviously appreciated.
▪ But developing nations are loath to agree unless they too are given some kind of guaranteed status on the Security Council.
▪ These are the qualities which will guarantee long lasting success.
▪ What themes nearly guarantee success in movies and television?
▪ The overbearing sophistication of conceptualism and minimalism did not guarantee success in art for anyone.
▪ There are no cut-and-dried rules or regulations that will guarantee success or unfailingly point to the one correct decision.
▪ The scheme has to be voted on by Headteachers and parents within ten days to guarantee it's success.
▪ Furthermore, even the cherished college diploma no longer guarantees success.
▪ The results are a blow for women who thought their long and hard-fought campaign would guarantee success.
▪ It may feel it lacks the means to guarantee success and that a military enterprise would be too risky.
▪ Anyone who imagines that any regulatory system can invariably guarantee success is naive.
▪ As heartbreaking as it is to acknowledge, no system can guarantee that.
▪ But the capitalist system has no mechanism guaranteeing a smooth transition in such circumstances.
▪ Although the school system guarantees youths an interview for a possible internship, it does not promise them an actual placement.
▪ A system of guaranteed successions did exist, but was much more restricted in its scope.
▪ The offline system automatically guarantees that two copies are taken before the online copy is deleted.
▪ Proposed changes would phase out that support system, but guarantee farmers a gradually dwindling subsidy payment over the next seven years.
▪ Ownership by the Trust is often the surest way of guaranteeing the preservation of beautiful places of national importance.
▪ There is the suggestion that being sick is one way of guaranteeing that a child will be taken care of.
▪ It's the only way to guarantee that it will spread, and spread widely.
▪ Monorail does the upgrades itself, paying for Federal Express shipping both ways and guaranteeing a four-to six-day turnaround.
▪ As the preceding analysis should make clear, there is no way to guarantee success in the battle of the forms.
▪ There is no way to guarantee that any particular group will achieve greatness, but there are ways to maximize the likelihood.
▪ The most effective way to guarantee rapid distribution is to let people try the program out before asking them for payment.
▪ But the fact that they teach the calendar in no way guarantees that my son or any other child will learn it.
a cast-iron excuse/alibi/guarantee etc
▪ According to Ken Harris, she has a cast-iron alibi.
▪ Do not expect a cast-iron guarantee of success.
▪ A good education doesn't guarantee a good job.
▪ I can't guarantee the plan will work, but I'll give it a try.
▪ The first emigrants to Canada were guaranteed 200 acres of land each.
▪ The king had guaranteed our safety on our journey.
▪ The loans are guaranteed by the government.
▪ We guarantee that you won't lose your jobs when the company is taken over.
▪ After all, it is orders that businesses need to provide jobs and to guarantee employment.
▪ And by age 75 they must use most of their pension fund to buy an annuity guaranteeing an income for life.
▪ Anyone who did this last time would have been guaranteed a win.
▪ But uniformity of content and, increasingly, of process has been guaranteed.
▪ There was nothing caught in her throat, absolutely, guaranteed.
▪ TRESemmé's 4+4 Exothermic perm guarantees a strong wave formulation which means the curl structure lasts the full life of the perm.
▪ Unisys bought $ 211 million worth of these Executive Life contracts, which guarantee a specific return to investors.
▪ In order to make this possible, certain guarantees and machinery would have to be established.
▪ Socialist victory in the advanced capitalist countries constitutes the only certain guarantee of enduring peace.
▪ Innocent needed to be approached as arbiter and he wanted certain guarantees.
▪ He has certain guarantees to live in peace in Cuernavaca.
▪ The property may be sold with the benefit of certain guarantees to its conditions.
▪ The letter called for implementation of constitutional guarantees, freedom and justice, and criticized the government's handling of the economy.
▪ The czars introduced constitutional guarantees, only to ignore them whenever it suited their purpose.
▪ Collectivism is thus given a very positive image when linked to constitutional guarantees of individual rights.
▪ What you have here is a situation where custom and convention comes up against constitutional guarantees.
▪ Beside these confusions, the constitutional guarantee of free speech has an impressive simplicity.
▪ The present case, then, concerns a relationship lying within the zone of privacy created by several fundamental constitutional guarantees.
▪ Many House Republicans want to eliminate all entitlements, or federal guarantees of aid to certain groups.
▪ The vote against a federal guarantee of a minimal, subsistence level of support was a devastating loss to all women.
▪ It eliminates the federal guarantee of cash assistance for the needy.
▪ These proposals have generally assumed the need for international guarantees of this status.
▪ For Soviet officials such international guarantees should become a component part of a political settlement.
▪ The only real guarantee of output and investment growth, however, is demand growth.
▪ The only guarantee that I can give is that there will not be a Tory Government after the 1992 election.
▪ If the Government use their majority, the only guarantee of consideration is another place.
▪ Such personal guarantees become effective if and when the company itself can not meet its financial obligations.
▪ Should you sign any personal guarantees?
▪ Purchaser to use reasonable endeavours to release target directors from any personal guarantees.
▪ And he adds his personal guarantee of company and protection, with the assurance of eventual safe return.
▪ The company subsequently went into receivership and the bank called in the personal guarantees.
▪ That is not surprising if they stand to lose large amounts of money through personal guarantees they may have given.
▪ Many companies offer a 30-day money back guarantee.
▪ Three-year manufacturer's warranty and 30-day money back guarantee.
▪ A money-#back guarantee could be attractive to potential customers-but are you willing to pay the price?
▪ Cheque guarantee cards facilitate the process.
▪ Clearly, the absence of cheque guarantee cards limited the value of the cheque book facility.
▪ As we saw earlier, societies were previously inhibited in this by the fact that they could not issue cheque guarantee cards.
▪ The fact that such a cheque is supported by a cheque guarantee card makes no difference.
▪ And the Eurocheque guarantee card which comes with them will draw cash from dispensers.
▪ One contained only an empty ammunition box, the other a number of receipts from firearms dealers and some guarantee cards.
▪ The bank has simultaneously raised the cheque guarantee limit to £250 for its Premier Visa cardholders..
▪ Clearly, the absence of cheque guarantee cards limited the value of the cheque book facility.
▪ As we saw earlier, societies were previously inhibited in this by the fact that they could not issue cheque guarantee cards.
▪ The fact that such a cheque is supported by a cheque guarantee card makes no difference.
▪ These included indirect costs such as losses incurred by the state export credit guarantee agency Coface.
▪ All of the companies had asked for the export credit guarantee agencies of their countries to fund their part of the work.
▪ Is this about export credit guarantees?
▪ Counselling services and loan guarantees are among the better known.
▪ How are loan guarantees to be counted?
▪ To be managed by the Federal Railroad Administration, the programme will offer loans and loan guarantees for up to 25 years.
▪ Congress has approved $ 117 million in development aid and loan guarantees to Pretoria this year.
▪ The government-sponsored loan guarantees could be an alternative for some airlines which have been seeking foreign partners, the Times said.
▪ He had helped lead the Senate fight for the loan guarantees.
▪ And it comes with a removable air filter, an extra long cable, fitted plug and a two year guarantee.
▪ Priced from £12.99 to £32.50, they are all beautifully designed and each comes with a two year guarantee.
▪ Window frames carry a thirty year guarantee against rot or decay.
▪ Airbus has been given a three year guarantee on that contract.
▪ The plastic tanks carry a 25-#year guarantee.
▪ They carry no guarantees, but many of them are likely to be near the mark.
▪ Even for old conservatives, though, a return to central planning carries no guarantee of a stress-free future.
▪ Such acknowledgment indicates receipt of your order and carries no guarantee of availability.
▪ Window frames carry a thirty year guarantee against rot or decay.
▪ Obviously, recognition does not carry with it any guarantee of military protection.
▪ The name seems to carry its own guarantee of quality and prices are generally fair, so you can't go wrong.
▪ There's a choice of four great family models and each one carries a 10-year guarantee.
▪ The welfare plan still would end the basic guarantee of money to poor families.
▪ They may then have been required to give hostages as a guarantee of future good behaviour.
▪ We will start by giving this guarantee to those groups most in need, including the long-term unemployed and single parents.
▪ It gives him a guarantee against a falling market, but also allows him to benefit from an upturn.
▪ The deposit of a thesis in a library gives no guarantee of copyright protection.
▪ But the key sticking point is that the Government will not give a mortgage guarantee without Cammell raising a performance bond.
▪ Here too the legatee would be asked to give a guarantee that he would make over the property as requested.
▪ These are the 16 to 18-year-olds to whom the Government have given a guarantee.
▪ The Regulations make clear that these sections do not apply to any private companies, whether limited by shares or guarantee.
▪ This normally applies to private companies limited by guarantee.
▪ If the company is limited by guarantee then slightly different considerations apply.
▪ A company limited by guarantee must register.
▪ A private company may, however, be limited by shares or limited by guarantee.
▪ However, no new company limited by guarantee is permitted to have shares.
▪ Legislation is also in the pipeline to allow companies limited by guarantee, and hybrid companies, to be formed.
▪ Those letters tell us that more than half the TECs are not meeting the youth guarantee.
▪ To be managed by the Federal Railroad Administration, the programme will offer loans and loan guarantees for up to 25 years.
▪ There are few places that offer a guarantee.
▪ Choose 100 percent wool or an 80/20 combination of wool and nylon, especially if it offers a wear guarantee.
▪ But he offered few other guarantees and rejected the Democrats' request for a termination date for the investigation and hearings.
▪ The benevolent powers offer no guarantees.
▪ A shop will prove a little more expensive but may be able to offer some kind of guarantee.
▪ Mach3 offers money back Gillette is offering a money back guarantee in its latest promotion for razor brand Mach3.
▪ Overdrive will try to find a replacement driver but offers no guarantee in this regard.
▪ Each pays a fixed guarantee rate of return, which we receive TAX-FREE.
▪ Promoters also complained about having to pay higher guarantees to artists, which cut into their profits.
▪ The successor to the guarantor had a branch in London and deducted tax on paying sums under the guarantee.
▪ Only when you pay off on your guarantee does a bank loan give you basis in the corporation.
▪ Alternatively, a purchaser may refuse to provide a parent company guarantee if this was not covered in the heads.
▪ The Novartis team used a low risk philosophy, which necessarily cost more, though it provided guarantees against disaster.
▪ Will the Treasury provide guarantees of losses over the life of a franchise on, for example, rural or commuter routes?
▪ The bank also provided guarantees without which the consortium would not have committed itself to the project.
▪ They would have had to provide a £ 5,000 guarantee that they would not settle illegally.
▪ The Act also provides new guarantees and more favourable tax allowances.
a cast-iron excuse/alibi/guarantee etc
▪ According to Ken Harris, she has a cast-iron alibi.
▪ Do not expect a cast-iron guarantee of success.
carry insurance/a guarantee etc
▪ a loan guarantee
▪ After the Second World War, Belgium wanted a guarantee that it would not be invaded again.
▪ Is the camera still under guarantee?
▪ The contract contains a guarantee that the building will be finished within 6 months.
▪ As a member of parliament Mr Berezovsky is theoretically immune from prosecution, but he described this guarantee as worthless.
▪ But what guarantee is there that technique No. 2 will actually be used?
▪ For workers in small firms employment guarantees are very rare, working hours are longer and safety records poor.
▪ It said this document was a guarantee of the pensions.
▪ Neither biological nor cultural evolution is any guarantee that we are inevitably moving towards a better world.
▪ Royal guarantees secured such a division.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Guarantee \Guar`an*tee"\, n.; pl. Guarantees. [For guaranty, prob. influenced by words like assignee, lessee, etc. See Guaranty, and cf. Warrantee.]

  1. In law and common usage: A promise to answer for the payment of some debt, or the performance of some duty, in case of the failure of another person, who is, in the first instance, liable to such payment or performance; an engagement which secures or insures another against a contingency; a warranty; a security. Same as Guaranty.

    His interest seemed to be a guarantee for his zeal.

  2. One who binds himself to see an undertaking of another performed; a guarantor.

    Note: Guarantor is the correct form in this sense.

  3. (Law) The person to whom a guaranty is made; -- the correlative of guarantor.

    Syn: Guarantee, Warranty.

    Usage: A guarantee is an engagement that a certain act will be done or not done in future. A warranty is an engagement as to the qualities or title of a thing at the time of the engagement.


Guarantee \Guar"an*tee`\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. guaranteed; p, pr. & vb. n. Guaranteeing.] [From Guarantee, n.] In law and common usage: to undertake or engage for the payment of (a debt) or the performance of (a duty) by another person; to undertake to secure (a possession, right, claim, etc.) to another against a specified contingency, or in all events; to give a guarantee concerning; to engage, assure, or secure as a thing that may be depended on; to warrant; as, to guarantee the execution of a treaty.

The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government.
--Constitution of the U. S.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1670s, alterted (perhaps via Spanish garante), from earlier garrant "warrant that the title to a property is true," early 15c., from Old French garant "defender, protector," from Germanic (see warrant (n.)). For form evolution, see gu-. Originally "person giving something as security;" sense of the "pledge" itself (which is properly a guaranty) developed 17c.


1791, from guarantee (n.). Garanten in this sense is from early 15c. Related: Guaranteed; guaranteeing.


n. 1 Anything that assures a certain outcome. 2 A written declaration that a certain product will be fit for a purpose and work correctly. 3 A person who gives such a guarantee; a guarantor. 4 The person to whom a guarantee is made. vb. 1 To assure that something will get done right. 2 To assume responsibility for a debt. 3 To make something certain.

  1. n. a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications [syn: warrant, warrantee, warranty]

  2. a pledge that something will happen or that something is true; "there is no guarantee that they are not lying"

  3. a collateral agreement to answer for the debt of another in case that person defaults [syn: guaranty]

  4. v. give surety or assume responsibility; "I vouch for the quality of my products" [syn: vouch]

  5. make certain of; "This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us"; "Preparation will guarantee success!" [syn: ensure, insure, assure, secure]

  6. promise to do or accomplish; "guarantee to free the prisoners" [syn: undertake]

  7. stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of; "The dealer warrants all the cars he sells"; "I warrant this information" [syn: warrant]


Guarantee is a legal term more comprehensive and of higher import than either warranty or "security". It most commonly designates a private transaction by means of which one person, to obtain some trust, confidence or credit for another, engages to be answerable for him. It may also designate a treaty through which claims, rights or possessions are secured.

The giver of a guarantee is called the surety or the "guarantor". The person to whom the guarantee is given is the creditor or the "obligee"; while the person whose payment or performance is secured thereby is termed "the obligor", "the principal debtor", or simply "the principal".

Suretys have been classified as follows:

  1. Those in which there is an agreement to constitute, for a particular purpose, the relation of principal and surety, to which agreement the secured creditor is a party;
  2. those in which there is a similar agreement between the principal and surety only, to which the creditor is a stranger;
  3. those in which, without any such contract of suretyship, there is a primary and a secondary liability of two persons for one and the same debt, the debt being, as between the two, that of one of those persons only, and not equally of both, so that the other, if he should be compelled to pay it, would be entitled to reimbursement from the person by whom (as between the two) it ought to have been paid.
Guarantee (disambiguation)

Guarantee can mean:

  • Guarantee - a private transaction by means of which one person, to obtain some trust, confidence or credit for another, engages to be answerable for him.
  • Guarantee (international law) - a promise by one state to protect independence, neutrality or treaty observance of another state.
  • Guarantee (filmmaking) - a term of an actor, director, or other participant's contract that guarantees remuneration if, through no fault of their own, the participant is released from the contract.
Guarantee (international law)

Guarantee – a method to ensure the fulfilment of international obligations, when a state promises to help the other state to fulfil its obligations, when some third party hinders that.

Previously other methods to ensure fulfilment of international obligations, like oaths or receiving hostages, were also called guarantees.

One example of such an obligation can be neutrality. For example, before World War I neutrality of Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg had been guaranteed.

Guarantee (filmmaking)

In filmmaking, a guarantee is a term of an actor, director, or other participant's contract that guarantees remuneration if, through no fault of their own, the participant is released from the contract. Such an arrangement is known informally as a “pay-or-play” contract.

Many stars insist on guarantees in their contract due to the major time commitment agreeing to appear in a film can mean. For example, Kurt Russell's decision to appear in the film Soldier, for which he was paid $15 million, had a commitment of 18 months where he was not able to appear in another film. If the film was cancelled, or if he were replaced but not if he withdrew of his own accord, Russell would be paid $15 million, or a large part of that fee, to compensate him for clearing his schedule.

Studios are reluctant to agree to guarantees but accept them as part of the deal for signing major talent. They also have the advantage of enabling a studio to simply remove a participant under such a contract with few legal complications.

Usage examples of "guarantee".

Black and Brennan had always believed that the Constitution guaranteed all those rights to American citizens and that state legislatures could not abridge them.

The ecotheorists further take this metabiological absolutizing and not only attempt to explain culture with its terms, but also necessarily see culture as a lamentable deviation from those terms: all conclusions guaranteed by the prior absolutizing.

Surveys reveal that the effectiveness of print advertising is greatly enhanced when the guarantee or warranty is substantiated.

When they picked up on Pablo Acosta in Ojinaga, Amado was sent to work with him - to guarantee the safety of the investments.

What formed the strength of the apologetic philosophy was the proclamation that Christianity both contained the highest truth, as men already supposed it to be and as they had discovered it in their own minds, and the absolutely reliable guarantee that was desired for this truth.

So instead of producing the authoritarian institutions that were the inevitable outcome of the ferocious power struggles and ideological confusions characteristic of social evolution on Earth, Jevlenese society developed as a kind of patronized anarchy, secure in the guarantee of unlimited goods and products indefinitely, and the total absence of threats.

In this position, he could guarantee that Avion or the Kin sha never forgot their intolerable mistakes of the past.

I begged him to act as if my interests were at stake, and promised to guarantee all expenses.

Ergo, they drop us in Castle Numanteal in a way guaranteed to scare the bejabbers out of the locals.

The hard humping, shit kicking former death-row convict has a rider in his contract that guarantees no biker is turned away from his shows.

But none of them could guarantee him a safe passage to any port on the blockaded coast.

State, which forty years before had been admitted to the Union, against sectional resistance to the right guaranteed by the Constitution, and specifically denominated in the treaty for the acquisition of Louisiana, now, because her Governor refused to furnish troops for the unconstitutional purpose of coercing States, became the subject of special hostility and the object of extraordinary efforts for her subjugation.

And forasmuch as Something and Nothing would then become actual, as distinguished from nominal correlatives, we could have no guarantee that, in an absolute or transcendental sense, it may not be possible, although it is inconceivable, for Something to become Nothing or Nothing Something.

If she had come to me, I could have really made her so, though it is a difficult process, and science has not advanced far enough for us to be able to guarantee the sex of the child.

The greatest noble of Bologna paid court to her, and Nina told them that they might do so, but that she could not guarantee their safety from the jealous dagger of Ricla.