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Apr 12, 2013
This week's theme
Terms from law

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lex loci
hereditament
suborn
mens rea
attorn

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with Anu Garg

attorn

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-TUHRN)

MEANING:
verb tr.: To turn over rent, goods, etc. to another.
verb intr.: To agree to be a tenant of a new landlord of the same property.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French atorner (to assign to), from a- (to) + torner (to turn). An attorney is the person one turns to to represent oneself. Earliest documented use: 1458.

USAGE:
"So there was no reason to proceed with the extradition, because they'd already attorned to that jurisdiction."
Windsor Men Won't Be Extradited to US; CBC News (Canada); May 27, 2010.

See more usage examples of attorn in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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