Origin of distrainMiddle English distreinen ; from Old French destreindre ; from Medieval Latin distringere, to force by seizure of goods ; from L, to pull asunder, detain ; from dis-, apart + stringere, to draw tight, stretch: see strict
verbdis·trained, dis·train·ing, dis·trains Law
- To seize and hold (property) to compel payment or reparation, as of debts.
- To seize the property of (a person) in order to compel payment of debts; distress.
Origin of distrainMiddle English distreinen, from Old French destreindre, destreign-, from Medieval Latin distringere, distrinct-, from Latin, to hinder : dis-, apart; see dis– + stringere, to draw tight; see streig- in Indo-European roots.
- dis·trai′nor, dis·train′er
(third-person singular simple present distrains, present participle distraining, simple past and past participle distrained)
From Old French destraindre, from Latin distringere (“to pull asunder, stretch out, engage, hinder, molest, Medieval Latin also compel, coerce as by exacting a pledge by a fine or by imprisonment”), from dis- (“apart”) + stringere (“to draw tight, strain”).
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