noun[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.
Words that rhyme with distraintacquaint, ain't, attaint, complaint, constraint, faint, feint, paint, plaint, quaint, restraint, saint, taint
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