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 goodsMore example sentences
- 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.
More definitions of distraintDefinition of distraint in:
- The US English dictionary