- the act of distraining; a distress.
Origin of distraint
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Examples from the Web for distraint
Oh, it's very simple; a judgment and then a distraint—that's about it!Madame Bovary
At Michaelmas, 1817, the Duke of Somerset had made a distraint for rent.The Canadian Portrait Gallery Volume 3
John Charles Dent
On the house and property a distraint had been levied for moneys due which had not been paid.Balzac
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.The Idol of The Blind
- law the act or process of distraining; distress
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