Definition of estreat in English:

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Pronunciation: /əsˈtrēt/
Law , chiefly historical


[with object]
Enforce the forfeit of (a surety for bail or other recognizance).
Example sentences
  • There have been plenty of decided cases in recent years relating to the obligations of sureties and the circumstances in which their recognisances may be estreated in whole or in part.
  • It should not be anticipated that the courts will order the entire bail to be estreated when there is no evidence (other than the certificate) to weigh the appropriate sanction.
  • What the Corporation owned at dissolution was estreated to the Crown.


A copy of a court record for use in the enforcement of a fine or forfeiture of a recognizance.
Example sentences
  • The right to estreat is triggered by the non-attendance of the defendant at court.



Example sentences
  • The basis of estreatment is not as a matter of punishment of the surety, but because he has failed to fulfil the obligation which he undertook.
  • The law as to what is required to found an order of forfeiture against the surety is set out in most of the cases dealing with estreatment.


Middle English: from Old French estraite, feminine past participle of estraire, from Latin extrahere 'draw out' (see extract).

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Syllabification: es·treat

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