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distrain

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verb dis·train \di-ˈstrān\

Definition of distrain

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to force or compel to satisfy an obligation by means of a distress

  3. 2 :  to seize by distress

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to levy a distress

distrainable

play \-ˈstrā-nə-bəl\ adjective

distrainer

play \-ˈstrā-nər\ also

distrainor

\-ˈstrā-nər, -ˌstrā-ˈnȯr\ noun


Origin and Etymology of distrain

Middle English distreynen, from Anglo-French destreindre, from Medieval Latin distringere, from Latin, to draw apart, detain, from dis- + stringere to bind tight — more at strain


First Known Use: 14th century


Law Dictionary

distrain

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verb dis·train \di-ˈstrān\

Legal Definition of distrain

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to force or compel to satisfy an obligation by means of a distress

  3. 2 :  to seize by distress — compare enter

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to levy a distress

distrainable

adjective

distrainer

\-ˈstrā-nər\ play or

distrainor

\di-ˈstrā-nər, ˌdis-trā-ˈnōr\ noun


Origin and Etymology of distrain

Anglo-French destreindre, literally, to constrict, force, from Old French, from Late Latin distringere to hinder, punish, from Latin, to pull in different directions, distract, from dis- apart + stringere to draw tight


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