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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Attach

Meaning of Attach

annex , bind, tie. To take or seize goods and tenements under lawful authority , such as under a writ offt fa. To seize property for purpose of bringing same into the custody of the court . See In re Safady Bros., 228 F. 538.

Attach Alternative Definition

See “Apprehension.”

Synonyms of Attach

(Join), verb

  • add
  • add as an accessory
  • adfigere
  • adhere
  • adjoin
  • ad ligare
  • affix
  • agglutinate
  • annex
  • append
  • assemble
  • bind
  • cohere
  • combine
  • conjoin
  • connect
  • consolidate
  • couple
  • embody
  • embrace
  • fasten
  • fasten together
  • incorporate
  • insert
  • link
  • make one
  • merge
  • put together
  • secure
  • subjoin
  • supplement
  • unite
  • Associated Concepts: attach exhibits

(Seize), verb

  • adeem
  • annex
  • appropriate
  • arrogate
  • confiscate
  • disseise
  • distrain
  • distress
  • exact
  • expropriate
  • garnish
  • impound
  • impress
  • levy
  • overcome
  • preempt
  • press
  • replevy
  • retake
  • secure
  • seize summarily
  • sequester
  • sequestrate
  • take
  • take over
  • take possession of
  • take summarily
  • usurp
  • Associated Concepts: attach property
  • provisional remedy

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This term is a verb.

Etimology of Attach

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mid-14c. (mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), “to take or seize (property or goods) by law,” a legal term, from Old French atachier “fasten; arrest” (11c.), earlier estachier “to attach, fix; stake up, support” (Modern French attacher, also compare Italian attaccare), from a- “to” (see ad-) + base also found in detatch, perhaps from Frankish *stakon “a post, stake” or a similar Germanic word, from Proto-Germanic *stakon- “a stake,” from PIE root *steg- (1) “pole, stick” (see stake; this term is also a noun.). Meaning “to fasten, affix, connect,” which probably is the original sense etymologically, is attested in English from c. 1400. Related: Attached; attaching.

Concept of “Attachiare”

Traditional meaning of attach, attachiare in English (with some legal use of this latin concept in England and the United States in the XIX Century) [1]: (in Latin) To take a person or goods by commandment of a writ or precept, and keep for presentment in court. Differing from an arrest in that the latter term is only used of persons; and a person arrested is handed over to a higher authority for keeping.


Notes and References

  1. Based on A Concise Law Dictionary of Words, Phrases and Maxims, “Attach, Attachiare”, Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1911, United States. It is also called the Stimson’s Law dictionary. This term and/or definition may be absolete.

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