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distrain

Definition of distrain

Etymology

    From ME. distreynen < OF. destraindre < L. distringere ("to pull asunder, stretch out, engage, hinder, molest, ML. also compel, coerce as by exacting a pledge by a fine or by imprisonment") < dis- ("apart") + stringere ("to draw tight, strain").

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -eɪn

Verb

to distrain (third-person singular simple present distrains, present participle distraining, simple past and past participle distrained)

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

Synonyms

  • distress

Derived terms

  • distrainable
  • distrainee
  • distrainer
  • distrainment
  • distrainor
  • distraint

References:

  1. Wiktionary. Published under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.



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