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hypothec Line breaks: hypo|thec
Pronunciation: /hʌɪˈpɒθɪk/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

Definition of hypothec in English:


(In Roman and Scots law) a right established by law over a debtor’s property that remains in the debtor’s possession.
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/
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').

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