What is the difference between concomitant and collateral?

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As adjectives the difference between concomitant and collateral

is that concomitant is accompanying; conjoined; attending; concurrent while collateral is parallel, along the same vein, side by side.

As nouns the difference between concomitant and collateral

is that concomitant is something happening or existing at the same time while collateral is a security or guarantee (usually an asset) pledged for the repayment of a loan if one cannot procure enough funds to repay (originally supplied as "accompanying" security).




  • Accompanying; conjoined; attending; concurrent.
  • * (John Locke)
  • It has pleased our wise Creator to annex to several objects, as also to several of our thoughts, a concomitant pleasure.
  • * 1970 , Alvin Toffler, Future Shock'', ''Bantam Books , pg. 41:
  • The new technology on which super-industrialism is based, much of it blue-printed in American research laboratories, brings with it an inevitable acceleration of change in society and a concomitant speed-up of the pace of individual life as well.


    * (following as a consequence) accompanying, adjoining, attendant, incidental


    (en noun)
  • Something happening or existing at the same time.
  • * 1970 , , Bantam Books , pg.93:
  • The declining commitment to place is thus related not to mobility per se, but to a concomitant of mobility- the shorter duration of place relationships.
  • * 1900 , Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams'', ''Avon Books , (translated by James Strachey) pg. 301:
  • It is also instructive to consider the relation of these dreams to anxiety dreams. In the dreams we have been discussing, a repressed wish has found a means of evading censorship—and the distortion which censorship involves. The invariable concomitant is that painful feelings are experienced in the dream.
  • An invariant homogeneous polynomial in the coefficients of a form, a covariant variable, and a contravariant variable.
  • Synonyms

    * (a concomitant event or situation) accompaniment, co-occurrence




  • parallel, along the same vein, side by side.
  • Corresponding; accompanying, concomitant.
  • * Wordsworth
  • Yet the attempt may give / Collateral interest to this homely tale.
  • Being aside from the main subject; tangential, subordinate, ancillary.
  • Although not a direct cause, the border skirmish was certainly a collateral incitement for the war.
  • * Macaulay
  • That he [Atterbury] was altogether in the wrong on the main question, and on all the collateral questions springing out of it, is true.
  • (family ) of an indirect ancestral relationship, as opposed to lineal descendency.
  • ''Uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces are collateral relatives.
  • * 1885 , , The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night , volume 5,
  • The pure blood all descends from five collateral lines called Al-Khamsah (the Cinque).
  • relating to a collateral in the sense of an obligation or security
  • expensive to the extent of being paid through a loan
  • Coming or directed along the side.
  • collateral pressure
  • * Shakespeare
  • collateral light
  • Acting in an indirect way.
  • * Shakespeare
  • If by direct or by collateral hand / They find us touched, we will our kingdom give / To you in satisfaction.

    Derived terms

    * collaterality * collaterally * collateral damage * collateral form * collateral material * collateral security


    (wikipedia collateral) (en noun)
  • A security or guarantee (usually an asset) pledged for the repayment of a loan if one cannot procure enough funds to repay. (Originally supplied as "accompanying" security.)
  • A collateral (not linear) family member.
  • A branch of a bodily part or system of organs
  • ''Besides the arteries blood streams through numerous veins we call collaterals
  • (marketing) printed materials or content of electronic media used to enhance sales of products (short form of collateral material)
  • A thinner blood vessel providing an alternate route to blood flow in case the main vessel gets occluded.
  • Derived terms

    * marketing collateral

    See also

    * mortgage