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collateral — as in:  collateral for a loan

The bank wouldn’t lend them money because they didn’t have anything to pledge as collateral.
something of value pledged for the repayment of a loan
collateral — as in:  collateral evidence

In addition to the fingerprints, there was other collateral evidence.
accompanying or connected in some way, but less important
collateral damage — as in:  collateral damage in the battle

They risked bombing from low altitude to try to minimize collateral damage.
unintentional damage to life or property — usually as a result of an act of war
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