writ of attachment

A writ, otherwise known as a warrant or order of attachment, issued at or near the beginning of a suit, the object of which is to seize and hold property of the defendant subject to the claim upon which suit is brought for the ultimate purpose of satisfying the claim out of the seized property after an adjudication in the action in favor of the plaintiff upon such claim. 6 Am J2d Attach § 276. See alias writ; pluries writs.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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