Definition of collateral adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

collateral

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//kəˈlæt̮ərəl//
 
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connected with something else, but in addition to it and less important collateral benefits an independent contract collateral to the main contract The government denied that there had been any collateral damage (= injury to ordinary people or buildings) during the bombing raid.
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