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The seizure of property, especially (but not necessarily) real estate, from a defendant in a lawsuit in anticipation of its award to a plaintiff. Attachment occurs when a judge believes that the plaintiff will prevail in the suit and, therefore, permits the seizure. However, if the defendant does prevail in the end, the judge must compensate her with a bond to cover any potential damages the plaintiff causes.


The legal process of seizing real or personal property for the payment of nonmortgage debts such as tax liens or judgments.

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Woodhouse could only give a submissive sigh; and as Emma saw his spirits affected by the idea of his daughter's attachment to her husband, she immediately led to such a branch of the subject as must raise them.
Nay, I will contrive some method to convince you of her attachment to this fellow.
You wonder at one so poor and friendless having an attachment, don't you?
Misgivings Rebecca had; but she remembered all Miss Crawley had said; the old lady's avowed contempt for birth; her daring liberal opinions; her general romantic propensities; her almost doting attachment to her nephew, and her repeatedly expressed fondness for Rebecca herself.
The passionate and almost reverential attachment with which all regarded her became, while I shared it, my pride and my delight.
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Bowlby (1969/1982) plotted the path from instinctual behavior to social attachments and interaction with others.
Although it is not possible to get viruses simply by reading e-mail, unless the infected attachments are opened, the viruses are insidious in tricking recipients to do just that.
Children who develop secure attachment relationships with their parents are at an advantage cognitively, socially, and emotionally compared to peers who have not developed secure attachments.
With insecure attachment patterns or an attachment disorder children develop the inability to form secure attachments and react in a hostile, rejecting manner with their environment.