Origin of lienFrench from Classical Latin ligamen, a band from ligare, to bind, tie: see ligature
An example of a lien is a bank holding the title to a car until the car loan has been completely paid.
- A claim upon a part of another's property that arises because of an unpaid debt related to that property and that operates as an encumbrance on the property until the debt is satisfied.
- The right to hold another's property as security for a debt owed.
Origin of lienFrench tie, bond from Old French constraint from Latin ligāmen bond from ligāre to bind ; see leig- in Indo-European roots.
- (law) A legal claim; a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of some debt or duty.
- (biblical, archaic) Alternative form of lain.
- If no man have lien with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness, being under thy husband, be thou free from this water of bitterness that causeth the curse...
From Middle French lien, from Latin ligÄmen (“a bond"), from ligÅ (“tie, bind").
lien - Legal Definition
- But the abolition of the law of hypothec in 1879 - under which the landlord had a lien for rent upon the produce of the land, the cattle and sheep fed on it, and the live stock and implements used in husbandry - the Ground Game Act of 1880, the sevekal Agricultural Holdings Acts, and the construction of light railways improved matters and established a better understanding.
- On the night of the 30th the first Japanese troops crossed the Taitszeho near Lien-Tao-Wun, and during the 31st three brigades were deployed north of Kwan-tun, facing west.
- A homestead provision (1901) exempts from liability for debts (except mortgages or liens placed before the homestead claim) any homestead belonging to the head of a family, existing in one compact body and valued at not more than $2500; such a homestead a married man may not sell, lease or put a lien on without his wife's consent.
- But attempts to execute this were so unsuccessful that it has been succeeded by a law imposing what is known as the "mulct tax," which requires the payment of $600 in quarterly instalments for a licence to sell such liquors and places a lien for the whole amount on the real property in use for the business.
- Of the act, must be in writing, unless the submission otherwise provides - are in the arbitrator's discretion, and he has a lien on the award and the submission for his fees, for which - if there is an express or implied promise to pay them - he can also sue (Crampton v.