Definition of distraint in English:


Line breaks: dis|traint
Pronunciation: /dɪˈstreɪnt


[mass noun] Law
  • The seizure of someone’s property in order to obtain payment of money owed, especially rent: many faced heavy fines and the distraint of goods
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    • Because there was no valid distraint, Canada Trustco's security was not displaced.
    • After the premises were abandoned, distraint was impossible.
    • First, that the goods were not Mr Newman's and so not open to distraint.


mid 18th century: from distrain, on the pattern of constraint.

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