Definition of hypothec in English:


Line breaks: hypo|thec
Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈpɒθɪk
, ˈhʌɪ-/


  • (In Roman and Scots law) a right established by law over a debtor’s property that remains in the debtor’s possession.
    More example sentences
    • This arrangement is distinguishable from the hypothec of Roman Law and of modern civil law, which is comparable to a mortgage.
    • Many forms of jus existed short of ownership, notably the hypothec, the civilian equivalent of the mortgage.
    • However, movable hypothecs are a form of real security, while suretyship is a form of personal security.



Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈpɒθɪk(ə)ri/
More example sentences
  • After destruction of the property by fire, the insurer repaid the hypothecary loans to the lender.
  • If in Spain it is simple enough to receive a hypothecary credit, in Italy it is a difficult process.
  • The insurance of your real estate will be precisely tailored to the parameters of your hypothecary loan.


early 16th century: from French hypothèque, via late Latin from Greek hupothēkē 'deposit' (from hupo 'under' + tithenai 'to place').

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody