unsecured loan

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Unsecured Loan

A loan that is not secured by an asset or lien, but rather by the all issuer's assets not otherwise secured. This means that an unsecured liability carries no collateral; in case of bankruptcy, the bondholder is considered a general creditor. Thus, the bondholder is paid out of funds that do not have a prior claim on them with a secured debt. Like most bonds, an unsecured bond is tradeable. Some unsecured bonds, such as Treasury securities, are considered risk-free.

unsecured loan

money BORROWED by a company or individual without offering any COLLATERAL SECURITY to the lender.

unsecured loan

A loan without collateral.
References in classic literature ?
The first warning was when the banks began calling in their unprotected loans. Daylight promptly paid the first several of his personal notes that were presented; then he divined that these demands but indicated the way the wind was going to blow, and that one of those terrific financial storms he had heard about was soon to sweep over the United States.