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attachment

[uh-tach-muh nt] /əˈtætʃ mənt/
noun
1.
an act of attaching or the state of being attached.
2.
a feeling that binds one to a person, thing, cause, ideal, or the like; devotion; regard:
a fond attachment to his cousin; a profound attachment to the cause of peace.
3.
Psychology.
  1. an emotional bond between an infant or toddler and primary caregiver, a strong bond being vital for the child’s normal behavioral and social development.
  2. an enduring emotional bond that develops between one adult and another in an intimate relationship:
    romantic attachment.
See also attachment disorder, attachment theory.
4.
something that attaches; a fastening or tie:
the attachments of a harness; the attachments of a pair of skis.
5.
an additional or supplementary device:
attachments for an electric drill.
6.
Law. seizure of property or person by legal authority, especially seizure of a defendant's property to prevent its dissipation before trial or to acquire jurisdiction over it.
7.
something attached, as a document added to a letter.
8.
a computer file sent with an e-mail.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English attachement seizure < Anglo-French. See attach, -ment
Related forms
nonattachment, noun
overattachment, noun
preattachment, noun
reattachment, noun
self-attachment, noun
superattachment, noun
Synonyms
2. love, devotedness. 4. junction, connection. 5. See addition.
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British Dictionary definitions for superattachment

attachment

/əˈtætʃmənt/
noun
1.
a means of securing; a fastening
2.
(often foll by to) affection or regard (for); devotion (to): attachment to a person or to a cause
3.
an object to be attached, esp a supplementary part: an attachment for an electric drill
4.
the act of attaching or the state of being attached
5.
  1. the arrest of a person for disobedience to a court order
  2. the lawful seizure of property and placing of it under control of a court
  3. a writ authorizing such arrest or seizure
6.
(law) the binding of a debt in the hands of a garnishee until its disposition has been decided by the court
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Word Origin and History for superattachment

attachment

n.

c.1400, "arrest of a person on judicial warrant" (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from French attachement, from attacher (see attach). Application to property (including, later, wages) dates from 1590s; meaning "sympathy, devotion" is recorded from 1704; that of "something that is attached to something else" dates from 1797 and has become perhaps the most common use since the rise of e-mail.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Encyclopedia Article for superattachment

attachment

in U.S. law, a writ issuing from a court of law to seize the person or property of a defendant. In several of the older states in the United States, attachments against property are issued at the commencement of suits in order to secure any judgment that may be entered for the plaintiff. In other states, attachments before a judgment are issued only against the property of nonresidents or upon specific statutory grounds relating to fraud or the like. In such cases, the plaintiff is commonly required to post an indemnity bond. An attachment may also be issued after a judgment, the term frequently being used to designate a levy upon a bank account, wages, or other intangible assets of the debtor. See also garnishment.

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