Lief vs Lien - What's the difference?
As a noun lief
As a verb lien is
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(archaic) beloved, dear, agreeable
(archaic, except UK dialectal) Readily, willingly.
* 1869 , RD Blackmoore, Lorna Doone , II:
- these great masters of the art, who would far liefer see us little ones practice it, than themselves engage [...].
- I'd as lief have one as t'other.
* (l), (l)
(obsolete) A tendon.
(legal) A legal claim; a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of some debt or duty.
* 2002 , , The Great Nation , Penguin 2003, p. 7:
- Bodin deemed the king of France's power as absolute in the sense that the ruler was ‘absolved’ by divine sanction from legally binding liens and restrictions.
- If no man have lien with thee, and if thou hast not gone aside to uncleanness, being under thy husband, be thou free from this water of bitterness that causeth the curse...