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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’
seizure, impounding, commandeering, requisition, requisitioning, appropriation, expropriation, sequestration, taking away, annexationView synonyms
- ‘Because there was no valid distraint, Canada Trustco's security was not displaced.’
- ‘For all the foregoing reasons, therefore, I conclude that the distraint upon the plaintiff's goods was contrary to law.’
- ‘First, that the goods were not Mr Newman's and so not open to distraint.’
- ‘After the premises were abandoned, distraint was impossible.’
- ‘And the same process of distraint, warning, and forfeiture is to be repeated until he comes.’
Mid 18th century: from distrain, on the pattern of constraint.
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