I (act of affixing) noun adjunction, affixation, annexation, annexion, attaching, binding, bond, cohesion, confixation, conjunction, connection, fastening, fixing, insertion, joinder, joining, junction, ligation, nexus, subjunction, that which attaches, tie associated concepts: attachment of a security interest, garnishment, in rem jurisdiction, provisional remedy, quasi in rem jurisdiction II (seizure) noun annexation, apprehending, confiscation, deprivation, deprivement, disownment, dispossession, distrainer, distraint, distress, divestment, embargo, execution, expropriation, foreclosure, garnishment, impoundage, impoundment, impressment, seizing, sequestration associated concepts: ancillary attachment, attachment execution, attachment of persons, attachment of property, attachment proceedings, attachment to obtain jurisdiction, attachment upon mesne process, body attachment, execution, extraordinary remedy, lien or incumbrance, proceeding in rem, property subject to attachment, provisional remedy, sequestration, writ of attachment, wrongful attachment III (thing affixed) noun accessory, addendum, additum, adjunct, affixture, annex, appendage, appendix, appurtenance, fixture, postfix, supplement, supplementary device IV index accession (annexation), addendum, addition, additive, adherence (adhesion), adherence (devotion), adhesion (affixing), adhesion (loyalty), adjoiner, affection, affinity (regard), allegiance, allonge, appendix (accession), appendix (supplement), appliance, appurtenance, arrogation, boom (increase), chain (nexus), coalescence, codicil, coherence, connection (fastening), consortium (marriage companionship), disseisin, distraint, distress (seizure), expropriation (divestiture), favor (partiality), favoritism, levy, loyalty, nexus, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, privation, privity, regard (esteem), rider, sequestration

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

1. the legal process for the holding of a debtor's property until the debt is paid; attachment of earnings is a common remedy by which some or all of a person's wages or salary is withheld from him and used towards the discharge of a judgment debt.
2. a writ of attachment in a writ of enforcement.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

The seizing of a person's property to secure a judgment or to be sold to satisfy a judgment. This is usually performed by a sheriff, based on a writ of attachment issued by a judge.
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

UCC concept relating to a security interest in collateral provided by a debtor to secure performance of obligations in favor of a creditor. Once the requirements for attachment of the security interest under the UCC have been satisfied, the security interest in the collateral is enforceable by the creditor against the debtor.
For further information, see Practice note, UCC Creation, Perfection and Priority of Security Interests (
Related terms

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

1 The seizure or freezing of property by court order while an action is pending so that its ownership can be determined, it can be secured to be sold to satisfy a judgment, or its sale or transfer can be prevented so that any future judgment arising from the action may later be secured or satisfied.
2 The writ ordering such a seizure or freezing of property.
3 In commercial law, the creation of a security interest in property when the debtor agrees to the security, receives value from the secured party, and obtains rights in the property.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The legal process of seizing property to ensure satisfaction of a judgment.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The legal process of seizing property to ensure satisfaction of a judgment.
II Taking a person's property to satisfy a court-ordered debt.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   the seizing of money or property prior to getting a judgment in court, in contemplation that the plaintiff will win at trial (usually in simple cases of money owed) and will require the money or property to cover (satisfy) the judgment. The Supreme Court has ruled that an attachment may be made only after a hearing before a judge in which both sides can argue the danger that the party being sued (defendant) is likely to leave the area or otherwise avoid probable payment. A temporary attachment may be allowed by court order without both parties being present based on a declaration of the party wanting the attachment that there is clear proof that the defendant is going to flee. The court must also require a bond to cover damages to the defendant if the attachment proves not to have been necessary. Before the hearing requirement, pre-judgment attachments were common in which automobiles and bank accounts were held by the sheriff merely upon the plaintiff seeking the attachment getting a writ of attachment, posting a bond.
   See also: writ of attachment

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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