Definition of distraint in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈstrānt/


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 distraint

acquaint, ain't, attaint, complaint, constraint, faint, feint, paint, plaint, quaint, restraint, saint, taint

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Syllabification: dis·traint

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