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dis·traint

 (dĭ-strānt′)
n. Law
The act or process of distraining; distress.

[From distrain (on the model of such pairs as constrain, constraint).]

distraint

(dɪˈstreɪnt)
n
(Law) law the act or process of distraining; distress

dis•traint

(dɪˈstreɪnt)

n.
the act of distraining.
[1720–30; distrain + -t, modeled on constraint, restraint]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.distraint - the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim; "Originally distress was a landlord's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien"
seizure - the taking possession of something by legal process
Translations

distraint

[dɪsˈtreɪnt] N (Jur) → secuestro m, embargo m

distraint

n (Jur) → Beschlagnahmung f, → Beschlagnahme f; distraint orderBeschlagnahmungsverfügung f

distraint

[dɪsˈtreɪnt] n (Law) → pignoramento
References in classic literature ?
So modest was Mr Merdle withal, in the midst of these splendid achievements, that he looked far more like a man in possession of his house under a distraint, than a commercial Colossus bestriding his own hearthrug, while the little ships were sailing into dinner.
Some 50 of the 264 municipalities in Bulgaria have seen distraints and restrictions placed on their bank deposits and assets over money they owe to state-owned and private companies, the bTV channel reported.
There was a lengthy legal argument with reference to a claim by Mark Hall, of 5, Glover's Road, Small Heath, for alleged illegal distraints by Messrs J Terry and Sons, manufacturing confectioners of York, and Messrs Rowntree and Co, cocoa manufacturers, made at his house for debts contracted by his wife.