Meaning of distraint in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈstreɪnt/

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mass nounLaw
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For all the foregoing reasons, therefore, I conclude that the distraint upon the plaintiff's goods was contrary to law.’
    • ‘And the same process of distraint, warning, and forfeiture is to be repeated until he comes.’
    seizure, impounding, commandeering, requisition, requisitioning, appropriation, expropriation, sequestration, taking away, annexation


Mid 18th century from distrain, on the pattern of constraint.