Meaning of collateral

Definition of collateral

(adj) descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"
serving to support or corroborate; "collateral evidence"
additional but secondary; auxiliary;
situated or running side by side; "collateral ridges of mountains"
occurring with or following as a consequence; "an excessive growth of bureaucracy, with attendant problems"; "snags incidental to the changeover in management"; "attendant circumstances"; "the period of tension and consequent need for military preparedness"; "the ensuant response to his appeal"; "the resultant savings were considerable"; "collateral target damage from a bombing run"
(noun) a security pledged for the repayment of a loan

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