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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·trai′nor, dis·train′er n.
(Law) law to seize (personal property) by way of distress
[C13: from Old French destreindre, from Latin distringere to impede, from dis-1 + stringere to draw tight]
disˈtrainor, disˈtrainer n
1. to seize and hold goods, etc., of (another) in order to obtain satisfaction of a claim for damages, unpaid rent, etc.v.i.
2. to levy a distress.
[1250–1300; Middle English distreinen < Anglo-French, Old French destreindre < Latin distringere to stretch out =di- di-2 + stringere to draw tight; see strain1]
dis•trai′nor, dis•train′er, n.
Past participle: distrained
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|Verb||1.||distrain - levy a distress on|
|2.||distrain - confiscate by distress|
|3.||distrain - legally take something in place of a debt payment|