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[dih-streynt] /dɪˈstreɪnt/
noun, Law.
the act of distraining; a distress.
Origin of distraint
1720-30; distrain + -t, modeled on constraint, restraint Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Oh, it's very simple; a judgment and then a distraint—that's about it!

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • At Michaelmas, 1817, the Duke of Somerset had made a distraint for rent.

  • On the house and property a distraint had been levied for moneys due which had not been paid.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
  • Distrain′ment; Distrain′or, Distrain′er; distraint′, seizure of goods.

  • This morning a letter has arrived, threatening a distraint upon our goods unless a large sum of money be paid by to-morrow.

  • When Charles, distracted by the news of the distraint, returned home, Emma had just gone out.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Father once apologised to me—that was when there was a distraint out against him, if you know what that is—because he wasn't rich.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
  • If a man levies a distraint upon an ox as security for debt, he shall pay of a mana of silver.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • Law and custom restricted the type of goods and chattels distrainable, and the time and manner of distraint.

  • No one may drive animals taken by distraint out of the county where they have been taken.

British Dictionary definitions for distraint


(law) the act or process of distraining; distress
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