Part of speech: noun

A legal claim on property.

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Usage examples "lien":

  1. By a decree of the court in that case an upset price for the property was fixed at a sum which would yield to the Government only $ 2, 500, 000 upon its lien. - "Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present", Various.
  2. Nor can one who ought to pay the premiums give a lien on the policy to another for money advanced by him to pay them; and an assignee who has promised to pay the premiums may be liable should he fail to keep the policy alive. - "Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman", Albert Sidney Bolles.
  3. And the very fact that the conversation rarely took any vital turn oddly contributed to the increasing permanence of the lien. - "The Inside of the Cup, Complete", Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009.