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v. dis·trained, dis·train·ing, dis·trains Law
1. To seize and hold (property) to compel payment or reparation, as of debts.
2. To seize the property of (a person) in order to compel payment of debts; distress.
To levy a distress.

[Middle English distreinen, from Old French destreindre, destreign-, from Medieval Latin distringere, distrinct-, from Latin, to hinder : dis-, apart; see dis- + stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.]

dis·train′a·ble adj.
dis·train′ment n.
dis·trai′nor, dis·train′er n.
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* Please send your questions to [email protected] LEGAL SYSTEM IN QATAR According to Article 449 of Civil and Commercial Procedure Law, the distrainer shall be notified of the attachment by way of summons that includes the occurrence of the attachment under possession of the garnishee, the date of attachment, the judgment or official deed under which the attachment has taken place and the amount for which the attachment is effected.
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