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Old 11-11-2005, 09:52 AM   #1
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Default Verbs: "obscure" vs "secure"

Does anyone have an OED or other "authoritive" or dictionary to check this one out in?

I find "obscure" and "secure" (both used as verbs) not listed as synonyms anyplace, and defined similarly but distinctly even in the legal dictionaries.

I'm trying to research a point in a federal regulation where "obscuring" the contents of messages is prohibited--but there is no mention of *securing* the contents, i.e. against people who should not be able to intercept and read them.

And I'm wondering, can anyone find any authoritive citation where "securing" something would be defined as--or distinctly from--obscuring it?
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