Definition of lien in English:

lien

Syllabification: lien
Pronunciation: /ˈlē(ə)n
 
/

noun

Law
  • A right to keep possession of property belonging to another person until a debt owed by that person is discharged.
    More example sentences
    • The solicitors have claimed a lien on their file until their fees, which are substantial, are paid.
    • The lien may be claimed and maintained so long as the article remains in the possession of the lien claimant.
    • Mrs. D. will transfer her interest in the matrimonial home to Mr. D. provided that she can lift the Legal Aid liens on the property to a payment agreement form.

Derivatives

lienor

noun

Origin

mid 16th century: from French, via Old French loien from Latin ligamen 'bond', from ligare 'to bind'.

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