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lien1

[leen, lee-uh n] /lin, ˈli ən/
noun
1.
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.
Origin of lien1
1525-1535
1525-35; < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin ligāmen tie, bandage, equivalent to ligā(re) to tie + -men noun suffix of result
Related forms
lienable, adjective

lien2

[lahy-uh n, -en] /ˈlaɪ ən, -ɛn/
noun, Anatomy
1.
the spleen.
Origin
1645-55; < Latin liēn spleen
Related forms
lienal
[lahy-een-l, lahy-uh-nl] /laɪˈin l, ˈlaɪ ə nl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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lien

/ˈliːən; liːn/
noun
1.
(law) a right to retain possession of another's property pending discharge of a debt
Word Origin
C16: via Old French from Latin ligāmen bond, from ligāre to bind
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Word Origin and History for lien
n.

"right to hold property of another until debt is paid," 1530s, from Middle French lien "a band or tie," from Latin ligamen "bond," from ligare "to bind, tie" (see ligament).

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lien in Medicine

lien li·en (lī'ən, -ěn')
n.
The spleen.

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lien in Culture
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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