lien

1
[ leen, lee-uh n ]
/ lin, ˈli ən /

noun

Law. the legal claim of one person upon the property of another person to secure the payment of a debt or the satisfaction of an obligation.

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Origin of lien

1
1525–35; < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin ligāmen tie, bandage, equivalent to ligā(re) to tie + -men noun suffix of result

OTHER WORDS FROM lien

lien·a·ble, adjective

Definition for lien (2 of 2)

lien2
[ lahy-uh n, -en ]
/ ˈlaɪ ən, -ɛn /

noun Anatomy.

the spleen.

Origin of lien

2
1645–55; < Latin liēn spleen

OTHER WORDS FROM lien

li·e·nal [lahy-een-l, lahy-uh-nl] /laɪˈin l, ˈlaɪ ə nl/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lien

lien
/ (ˈliːən, liːn) /

noun

law a right to retain possession of another's property pending discharge of a debt

Word Origin for lien

C16: via Old French from Latin ligāmen bond, from ligāre to bind
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Medical definitions for lien

lien
[ līən, -ĕn′ ]

n.

The spleen.
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Cultural definitions for lien

lien
[ (leen, lee-uhn) ]

A claim or right given to a creditor to secure payment of a debt, usually by sale of the debtor's property.

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