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Definitions of distraint

  1. The act or proceeding of seizing personal property by distress. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. Seizure of goods for debt. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. Seizure of property for debt. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. Seizure. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. A seizing of goods for rent, &c. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for distraint

  1. And now, that the Fiction might follow Nature, continued he-" fictio sequitur naturam,"- it behooved them to lay hold of said Yule- hens, by direct personal distraint – The Campaner Thal and Other Writings by Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
  2. No one may drive animals taken by distraint out of the county where they have been taken. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly