The removal of a burden, charge, responsibility, or duty. Right to be reimbursed by reason of having paid that which another should be compelled to pay while "indemnity" generally is based upon contract, express or implied, and means compensation for loss already sustained. Uptagrafft v. U. S., C.A.Va., 315 F.2d 200, 203.
Equitable right of a surety, confirmed by statute in many states, to proceed by action in court to compel the principal debtor, against whom the surety will have a right of reimbursement, to satisfy the obligation where it would be inequitable for the surety to be compelled to perform, and thereby suffer the inconvenience and temporary loss which a payment by her will entail, if the principal debtor can satisfy the obligation.
See Restatement of Security No. 112 (1941)

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.


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