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attachment

1. 
a. the arrest of a person for disobedience to a court order
b. the lawful seizure of property and placing of it under control of a court
c. a writ authorizing such arrest or seizure
2. Law the binding of a debt in the hands of a garnishee until its disposition has been decided by the court

attachment

  1. the emotional bond between infant and mother.
  2. the types of behaviour displayed by the infant to indicate an attachment, e.g. following parents, crying, smiling.
  3. the more abstract psychological tie felt towards a nurturing figure involving a mutual dependency for emotional satisfaction.
A theory of attachment was first proposed by BOWLBY (1958,1969) who was primarily concerned with the first two interpretations, citing ethological evidence to support his claims about how human infants use certain types of behaviour to elicit psychological as well as physical care from their mothers. Attachment merely refers to whether the child has formed a tie to a caregiver, but more recently the notion of security of attachment (Ainsworth et al., Strange Situation Behaviour of One-year Olds, 1978) was established to assess the quality of the attachment relationship once it has been formed.

attachment

[ə′tach·mənt]
(computer science)
An additional file sent with an e-mail message.
(organic chemistry)
The conversion of a molecular entity into another molecular structure solely by formation of a single two-center bond with another molecular entity and no other changes in bonding.
(psychology)
The behavior of an individual who relates in an affiliative or dependent manner to another individual or object.
(virology)
The initial stage in the infection of a cell by a virus that follows a chance collision by the virus with a suitable receptor area on the cell.
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Additionally, the amount of claims that an insurance reviewer can process in a day is restricted by the use of paper and other attachments.
Whether it is held up with the postal service, sits on someone's desk or is filed in the wrong place, paper attachments have a way of not making it to the claims reviewer.
This section also allows the commission to regulate pole attachments if not regulated by a state.
This rate disparity between cable and telco providers for pole attachments created significant controversy at the commission as cable companies and telcos became fierce competitors.
Expanding research on attachment to God, Miner (2009) found that the extent to which individuals were in secure attachments with God influenced their psychological adjustment beyond the emotional bonds they had in their attachment to primary caregivers.
Attachment theory and religion: Childhood attachments, religious beliefs, and conversion.
Over four decades have passed since Bowlby's seminal work on attachment theory and internal working models.
Originally construed by Bowlby (1969), attachment theory was premised on a dyadic caregiver-child relationship.
3) Towards the end of the 19th century Parr, Peeso, Carr, Alexander and Morgan had all designed and used simple intracoronal attachments.
As stated in attachment theory, individuals' early interaction with primary caregivers--usually with parents during infancy--leads to their forming mental representations that guide social behavior and expectations concerning self, others, and relationships with others (Bowlby, 1979).
The way in which the parent talks about their personal experiences of attachment is connected with the attachment behaviour of the child in the strange situation.
One of the variables that has attracted most interest, due to its influence on the individual's life from birth, is attachment to the family in general, or attachment to parents in particular.