Etymology
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lien (n.)

"right to hold property of another until debt is paid," 1530s, from French lien "a band or tie" (12c.), from Latin ligamen "bond," from ligare "to bind, tie" (from PIE root *leig- "to tie, bind"). The word was in Middle English in the literal sense "a bond, fetter," also figuratively, "moral restraint."

updated on December 07, 2020

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Definitions of lien from WordNet

lien (n.)
the right to take another's property if an obligation is not discharged;
lien (n.)
a large dark-red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm; produces cells involved in immune responses;
Synonyms: spleen
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