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 for collateral
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Collateral \Col*lat"er*al\ (k[o^]l*l[a^]t"[~e]r*al), a. [LL.
     collateralis; col- + lateralis lateral. See Lateral.]
     1. Coming from, being on, or directed toward, the side; as,
        collateral pressure. "Collateral light." --Shak.
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     2. Acting in an indirect way.
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              If by direct or by collateral hand
              They find us touched, we will our kingdom give . . .
              To you in satisfaction.               --Shak.
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     3. Related to, but not strictly a part of, the main thing or
        matter under consideration; hence, subordinate; not chief
        or principal; as, collateral interest; collateral issues.
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              That he [Attebury] was altogether in the wrong on
              the main question, and on all the collateral
              questions springing out of it, . . . is true.
                                                    --Macaulay.
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     4. Tending toward the same conclusion or result as something
        else; additional; as, collateral evidence.
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              Yet the attempt may give
              Collateral interest to this homely tale.
                                                    --Wordsworth.
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     5. (Genealogy) Descending from the same stock or ancestor,
        but not in the same line or branch or one from the other;
        -- opposed to lineal.
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     Note: Lineal descendants proceed one from another in a direct
           line; collateral relations spring from a common
           ancestor, but from different branches of that common
           stirps or stock. Thus the children of brothers are
           collateral relations, having different fathers, but a
           common grandfather. --Blackstone.
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     Collateral assurance, that which is made, over and above
        the deed itself.
  
     Collateral circulation (Med. & Physiol.), circulation
        established through indirect or subordinate branches when
        the supply through the main vessel is obstructed.
  
     Collateral issue. (Law)
        (a) An issue taken upon a matter aside from the merits of
            the case.
        (b) An issue raised by a criminal convict who pleads any
            matter allowed by law in bar of execution, as pardon,
            diversity of person, etc.
        (c) A point raised, on cross-examination, aside from the
            issue fixed by the pleadings, as to which the answer
            of the witness, when given, cannot subsequently be
            contradicted by the party asking the question.
  
     Collateral security, security for the performance of
        covenants, or the payment of money, besides the principal
        security.
  
     collateral damage, (Mil.) damage caused by a military
        operation, such as a bombing, to objects or persons not
        themselves the intended target of the attack.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Collateral \Col*lat"er*al\, n.
     1. A collateral relative. --Ayliffe.
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     2. Collateral security; that which is pledged or deposited as
        collateral security.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  collateral
      adj 1: descended from a common ancestor but through different
             lines; "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect
             descendant of the Stuarts" [syn: collateral,
             indirect] [ant: direct, lineal]
      2: serving to support or corroborate; "collateral evidence"
         [syn: collateral, confirmative, confirming,
         confirmatory, corroborative, corroboratory,
         substantiating, substantiative, validating,
         validatory, verificatory, verifying]
      3: accompany, concomitant; "collateral target damage from a
         bombing run"
      4: situated or running side by side; "collateral ridges of
         mountains"
      n 1: a security pledged for the repayment of a loan

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  209 Moby Thesaurus words for "collateral":
     accessory, accident, accidental, accompanying, addendum, addition,
     additional, adjunct, adscititious, adventitious, affiliate,
     affiliated, agnate, agreeing, akin, aligned, allied, an, analogous,
     ancestry, ancillary, another, appendage, appurtenance, appurtenant,
     ascititious, associate, associated, attendant, attending,
     auxiliary, avuncular, blood, blood relation, blood relative, bound,
     bracketed, casual, caution, caution money, circumstantial,
     clansman, closely related, coetaneous, coeternal, coeval,
     coexistent, coexisting, coextending, coextensive, cognate,
     coincident, coinstantaneous, collateral relative,
     collateral security, combined, coming, concomitant, concurrent,
     congeneric, conjoint, conjugate, connected, connections,
     consanguine, consanguinean, consanguineous, contemporaneous,
     contemporary, conterminous, contingency, contingent, contributory,
     correlated, correlative, coterminous, coupled, debris, deposit,
     distaff side, distant relation, distantly related, enate, equal,
     equidistant, equispaced, even, eventual, extra, family, farther,
     fellow, final, flesh, flesh and blood, folks, forfeit, fortuitous,
     foster, fresh, further, garbage, german, germane, happenstance,
     implicated, incidental, indirect, inessential, interlinked,
     interlocked, interrelated, involved, isochronal, isochronous,
     joined, joint, junk, kelter, kin, kindred, kinfolk, kinnery,
     kinsfolk, kinsman, kinsmen, kinswoman, kith and kin, knotted, last,
     lined up, linked, litter, margin, matrilateral, matrilineal,
     matroclinous, mere chance, more, mutual, near relation, new,
     next of kin, nonconvergent, nondivergent, nonessential, not-self,
     novercal, of that ilk, of that kind, of the blood, offal, other,
     paired, parallel, parallelepipedal, parallelinervate, paralleling,
     parallelodrome, parallelogrammatic, parallelogrammic,
     parallelotropic, patrilateral, patrilineal, patroclinous, people,
     plus, posterity, related, relations, relatives, riffraff, rubbish,
     secondary, sib, sibling, simultaneous, spare, spear kin,
     spear side, spindle kin, spindle side, spliced, stake, subsidiary,
     superadded, superaddition, superfluous, supernumerary,
     supervenient, supplement, supplemental, supplementary, surplus,
     sword side, tied, tribesman, twin, twinned, ulterior, ultimate,
     unessential, unison, unisonous, uterine, uterine kin, wed, wedded,
     yoked
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  COLLATERAL, collateralis. From latus, a side; that which is sideways, and 
  not direct. 
  
  

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