Definitions of lien

  1. the right to take another's property if an obligation is not discharged
  2. a large dark- red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm; produces cells involved in immune responses
  3. of Lie, v. i.
  4. of Lie. See Lain.
  5. A legal claim; a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of some debt or duty; a right in one to control or hold and retain the property of another until some claim of the former is paid or satisfied.
  6. A charge, lien, etc., that successively attaches to such assets as a person may have from time to time, leaving him more or less free to dispose of or encumber them as if no such charge or lien existed.
  7. The spleen.
  8. The right of a secured creditor to grab a specific item of property if you don't pay a debt. Liens you agree to are called security interests, and include mortgages, home equity loans, car loans and personal loans for which you pledge property to guarantee repayment. Liens created without your consent are called nonconsensual liens, and include judgment liens ( liens filed by a creditor who has sued you and obtained a judgment), tax liens and mechanics liens ( liens filed by a contractor who worked on your house but wasn't paid).
  9. A charge, lien, etc., that successively attaches to such assets as a person may have from time to time, leaving him more or less free to dispose of or encumber them as if no such charge or existed.
  10. A legal claim upon property; security for payment.
  11. Spleen.
  12. ( law) A right in one to retain the property of another to pay a claim.
  13. Pa. p. of LIE, to lie down.
  14. A legal claim against property.
  15. A legal claim on property.
  16. A right to hold another's property in satisfaction of a claim.
  17. of Lie
  18. An obligation, tie, or claim annexed to, or attaching upon, any property, without satisfying which such property cannot be demanded by its owner.

Usage examples for lien

  1. Not particularly handsome, hut possessing to the full the clearness of skin and eyes and strong virile health, that is the hereditary lien of Albion's daughters. – The Secrets of the German War Office by Dr. Armgaard Karl Graves
  2. You see the cattle in the meadow, but you do not know who has a lien upon them. – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  3. For Lady Bond is certain of her lien. – Poems by Elizabeth Stoddard
  4. As to the Pole- if Mr. Peary has a prior lien on it- it is there still. – My Attainment of the Pole by Frederick A. Cook
  5. According to every principle of law, creditors have a lien on the property of their debtors. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley
  6. They happen to be first lien bonds too. – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  7. You must have a lien on somebody's fortune." – The Spoilers of the Valley by Robert Watson
  8. He had been a figure apart from both Lebanon and Manitou, and they did not regard him as a dago, particularly as it was more than whispered that Ingolby " had a lien" on his daughter. – The World For Sale, Volume 2. by Gilbert Parker
  9. Worse still, if the sale of the lot did not bring sufficient returns to cover the debt, or if such a debt had been contracted without a lien, then the debtor had to sell his children into slavery abroad in order to satisfy the claim of the creditor. – The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State by Frederick Engels
  10. A labor paper estimated in 1829 that, owing to the lack of a lien law on buildings, not less than three or four hundred thousand dollars in wages were annually lost. – A History of Trade Unionism in the United States by Selig Perlman
  11. He acted in this manner, because he thought he had secured a sufficient lien on the young lady, by means of her " yes," and knew how important it was for one who could show none of the usual inducements for consent, to the parents, to obtain the good- will of the " old lady." – Autobiography of a Pocket-Hankerchief by James Fenimore Cooper
  12. If there has been no declaration of failure, and you hold a lien on the debts, you come out of the business as white as the driven snow. – Eugenie Grandet by Honore de Balzac
  13. Worse than all the bank's lien on the sloop was due in a few weeks. – The Veiled Lady and Other Men and Women by F. Hopkinson Smith
  14. It is an eager lien that he binds the shower withal, and the grasp of his anxiety is on the coming cloud. – Essays by Alice Meynell
  15. 16. These leases now carry with them a right of ownership, involving the power of alienation, subject to the lien of the land revenue as a first charge. – Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official by William Sleeman
  16. In the meantime the property should remain in the hands of John Vavasor for his use and benefit, with a lien on it of five hundred a year to be paid annually to his granddaughter Kate. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  17. Unpaid taxes constitute a lien on the property, and an investigation of the status of the tax payments is essential in protecting the proposed investment. – A Living from the Land by William B. Duryee
  18. Payment of a part of the money is held to be knowledge of the lien. – Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman by Albert Sidney Bolles