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Legal Definition of attachment


  1. Legal seizure

Related terms

Definition of attachment



attachment (countable and uncountable; plural attachments)

  1. A strong bonding towards or with.

    I have such an attachment towards my fianc�!

  2. A cloying type of dependency.

    She has such an attachment on that man, why can't she back off some!

  3. A relationship that is not in the best interests of one or both of the participants.

    He doesn't really matter to her, he's just her latest attachment.
    She has a huge attachment to him and is so able to manipulate him because of it!

  4. (computing) A file sent along with an email.
  5. (law) Taking a person's property to satisfy a court-ordered debt.

    attachment of earnings

Derived terms

  • attachment disorder

Further reading

Attachment is a legal process by which a court of law, at the request of a creditor, designates specific property owned by the debtor to be transferred to the creditor, or sold for the benefit of the creditor. A wide variety of legal mechanisms are employed by debtors to prevent the attachment of their assets. For example, a declaration of bankruptcy will severely limit the ability of creditors to attach the property of the debtor. Many jurisdictions have a homestead exemption or other property exemptions which limit the ability of creditors to attach the debtor's primary residence, vehicle, and/or personal effects.

Where the attachment is against property in the possession of, or owed by, a third party, the process is sometimes known as foreign attachment.


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