Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[dih-streynt] /dɪˈstreɪnt/
noun, Law.
the act of distraining; a distress.
Origin of distraint
1720-30; distrain + -t, modeled on constraint, restraint Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for distraint
Historical Examples
  • On the house and property a distraint had been levied for moneys due which had not been paid.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
  • Distrain′ment; Distrain′or, Distrain′er; distraint′, seizure of goods.

  • Oh, it's very simple; a judgment and then a distraint—that's about it!

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Father once apologised to me—that was when there was a distraint out against him, if you know what that is—because he wasn't rich.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
  • Within the twelvemonth, a distraint was levied upon him for non-payment of moneys that were owing.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
  • Law and custom restricted the type of goods and chattels distrainable, and the time and manner of distraint.

  • The Bible forbids the distraint of a widow's goods; Simon restricted the reference to cases of poor widows.

  • No one may drive animals taken by distraint out of the county where they have been taken.

  • If a man levies a distraint upon an ox as security for debt, he shall pay of a mana of silver.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • He is now threatened with distraint for poor rates, church rates, and land-tax.

    The Battle of The Press Theophila Carlile Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for distraint


(law) the act or process of distraining; distress
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for distraint

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for distraint

Scrabble Words With Friends