Definitions

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  • n. A writ commanding the sheriff to distrain a person by his goods or chattels, to compel a compliance with something required of him.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A writ commanding the sheriff to distrain a person by his goods or chattels, to compel a compliance with something required of him.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law: A process, now little used, directing the sheriff to distrain or make distress—that is, to seize and withhold the goods of the person sought to be coerced.
  • n. A process commanding the sheriff to bring in the bodies of jurors who did not appear, or to distrain their lands and goods.
  • n. A process in equity against a body corporate refusing to obey the summons and direction of the court.
  • n. An order of chancery, in favor of a party claiming to be interested in any stock in the Bank of England, by which a notice is served on the bank directing its officers not to permit its transfer, or not to pay any dividend on it.

Etymologies

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Latin, that you distrain, from distringere. See distrain.

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