Definition of Distrain

1. Verb. Levy a distress on.

Generic synonyms: Impose, Levy



2. Verb. Confiscate by distress.
Generic synonyms: Attach, Confiscate, Impound, Seize, Sequester

3. Verb. Legally take something in place of a debt payment.
Generic synonyms: Reclaim, Repossess

Definition of Distrain

1. v. t. To press heavily upon; to bear down upon with violence; hence, to constrain or compel; to bind; to distress, torment, or afflict.

2. v. i. To levy a distress.

Definition of Distrain

1. Verb. (obsolete) To squeeze, press; to constrain, oppress. ¹

2. Verb. (legal transitive obsolete) To force (someone) to do something by seizing their property. ¹

3. Verb. (legal intransitive) To seize somebody's property in place of, or to force, payment of a debt. ¹

4. Verb. (obsolete) To pull off, tear apart. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Distrain

1. to seize and hold property as security [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Distrain

distractile
distracting
distractingly
distraction
distraction conus
distractions
distractious
distractive
distractor
distractors
distracts
distrad
distrads
distrail
distrails
distrain (current term)
distrainable
distrained
distrainer
distrainers
distraining
distrainor
distrainors
distrains
distraint
distraints
distrait
distraite
distraught
distraughted

Literary usage of Distrain

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1. A Treatise on the American Law of Landlord and Tenant by John Neilson Taylor (1887)
"distrain upon the assignee nor the original lessee.1 Yet a tenant from year to year, who underlet to another from year to year, is considered as not having ..."

2. Systematic Arrangement of Lord Coke's First Institute of the Laws of England by John Henry Thomas, Sir Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Heneage Finch Nottingham, Edward Coke, Matthew Hale (1836)
"But it is to be observed, that for the rent due the last day of the шоп'Га'«-)™" term> the lessor cannot distrain, because the term is ended ; (I) and after ..."

3. Borough Customs by Mary Bateson (1904)
"next court, and if he finds sureties and does not come, or if he will not find sureties, let order to distrain be issued to make him attend the third court ..."

4. An Abridgment of the Law of Nisi Prius by Patrick Brady Leigh (1838)
"WHO MAY distrain. Persons A PERSON seised in fee or possessed of a term for ... although he reserves a rent he cannot distrain for it unless he reserves to ..."

5. An Abridgment of the Law of Nisi Prius by William Selwyn (1845)
"Who may distrain. THE king may reserve a rent out of a franchise or matter incorporeal, as well as out of lands, and may distrain for it on any other lands ..."

6. Company Precedents, for Use in Relation to Companies Subject to the by Francis Beaufort Palmer (1881)
"Bower, the vendors to the co., and upon reading, &c., Let applicant be at liberty to distrain upon the goods and chattels of the co. for the sum of ..."

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