"A qualified right of property which a creditor has in or over specific property of his debtor, as security for . . . debt or charge or for performance" (see full definition at The Legal Dictionary).
Any of a variety of charges or encumbrances on property, imposed to secure the payment of a debt or the performance or non‑performance of some act or to secure the payment of a tax. Liens can be imposed on real or personal property.
A claim against property to secure a debt or other obligation. If the property involved is real estate, the lien may be recorded in the Registry of Deeds so that anyone checking the title to the property will know that someone has a claim to it.
A legal claim against property that must be satisfied when the property is sold. A claim of money against a property, wherein the value of the property is used as security in repayment of a debt. Examples include a mechanic's lien, which might be for the unpaid cost of building supplies, or a tax lien for unpaid property taxes. A lien is a defect on the title and needs to be settled before transfer of ownership. A lien release is a written report of the settlement of a lien and is recorded in the public record as evidence of payment.
The legal right to take or sell property as security for a debt.
A charge against property, making it security for the payment of a debt, judgment, mortgage, or taxes.