distraint

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noun dis·traint \di-ˈstrānt\

Definition of distraint

  1. :  the act or action of distraining

Origin and Etymology of distraint

distrain + -t (as in constraint)


First Known Use: circa 1736


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distraint

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noun dis·traint \di-ˈstrānt\

Legal Definition of distraint

  1. :  the act or action of distraining

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