dis·traint || dɪ'streɪnt n. act of taking property in payment for debts

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  • Distraint — or distress is the seizure of someone’s property in order to obtain payment of rent or other money owed , especially in common law countries.[1] Distraint is the act or process whereby a person (the distrainor), traditionally even without prior… …   Wikipedia

  • distraint — dis·traint /di strānt/ n: the act or action of distraining Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. distraint I …   Law dictionary

  • Distraint — Dis*traint , n. [OF. destrainte distress, force.] (Law) The act or proceeding of seizing personal property by distress. Abbott. [1913 Webster] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • distraint — The right that a landlord has to seize the property of a tenant on the premises being rented and sell that property for payment of rent arrears. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms) United Glossary of Bankruptcy Terms 2012 …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • distraint — [di strānt′] n. [ME distreint < OFr destreinte] Law the action of distraining; seizure …   English World dictionary

  • distraint — distrain dis‧train [dɪˈstreɪn] verb [transitive] LAW to take goods from someone to be sold in order to pay rent that is owed: • Legislation has largely restricted the right to distrain goods found upon the premises but not belonging to the tenant …   Financial and business terms

  • Distraint of Knighthood — As the office of knight became a more costly proposition to uphold, many gentlemen decided not to accept the accolade of knighthood, which seemed to carry uneven responsibilities and few additional privileges. By the early 12th century this… …   Medieval glossary

  • distraint — noun Etymology: distrain + t (as in constraint) Date: circa 1736 the act or action of distraining …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • distraint — /di straynt /, n. Law. the act of distraining; a distress. [1720 30; DISTRAIN + t, modeled on CONSTRAINT, RESTRAINT] * * * …   Universalium

  • distraint — noun The legal right of a landlord to seize the property of a tenant in the event of nonpayment of rent See Also: distrain, distrainable …   Wiktionary

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