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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. See Lain.
  4. 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.
  5. The spleen.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. A legal claim upon property; security for payment.
  9. ( law) A right in one to retain the property of another to pay a claim.
  10. Pa. p. of LIE, to lie down.
  11. A legal claim against property.
  12. A legal claim on property.
  13. A right to hold another's property in satisfaction of a claim.
  14. of Lie
  15. 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. 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
  2. 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
  3. For Lady Bond is certain of her lien. – Poems by Elizabeth Stoddard
  4. 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
  5. 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
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