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n. pl. se·cu·ri·ties
1. Freedom from risk or danger; safety.
2. Freedom from doubt, anxiety, or fear; confidence.
3. Something that gives or assures safety, as:
a. A group or department of private guards: Call building security if a visitor acts suspicious.
b. Measures adopted by a government to prevent espionage, sabotage, or attack.
c. Measures adopted, as by a business or homeowner, to prevent a crime such as burglary or assault: Security was lax at the firm's smaller plant.
d. Measures adopted to prevent escape: Security in the prison is very tight.
4. Something deposited or given as assurance of the fulfillment of an obligation; collateral.
5. One who undertakes to fulfill the obligation of another; a surety.
6. A financial instrument, such as a stock or bond, representing rights of ownership or creditorship and often traded in secondary markets.

[Middle English securite, from Old French, from Latin sēcūritās, from sēcūrus, secure; see secure.]


A general term covering both shares and bonds.
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Topics addressed include the business context of securities law, Securities Act registration and exemptions, resales by security holders, liability for violation of the Securities Act, the Security Exchange Commission's general exemptive authority, proxy regulation, tender offers, fraud and related issues under Rule 10b-5 and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, liability for trading profits, Exchange Act regulation of the securities business, and international aspects of securities law.

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