distraint

NOUN
  1. the seizure and holding of property as security for payment of a debt or satisfaction of a claim
    Originally distress was a landlord's remedy against a tenant for unpaid rents or property damage but now the landlord is given a landlord's lien
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How To Use distraint In A Sentence

  • Now that I think about it, direct property distraint was a recognized means of compelling welchers to fulfill their obligations in the quasi-anarchic Brehon laws of Celtic Ireland, even if it was a case of tenants or debtors going after landlords or creditors. Shameless Self-promotion Sunday #30
  • Advocates of this stance often quote a 1960 Supreme Court opinion, which states that "our system of taxation is based upon voluntary assessment and payment, not upon distraint. Four Frivolous Tax Arguments That Won't Work
  • Because there was no valid distraint, Canada Trustco's security was not displaced.
  • For all the foregoing reasons, therefore, I conclude that the distraint upon the plaintiff's goods was contrary to law.
  • First, that the goods were not Mr Newman's and so not open to distraint.
  • And the same process of distraint, warning, and forfeiture is to be repeated until he comes.
  • After the premises were abandoned, distraint was impossible.
  • The people's court, when investigating and verifying the evidence, may conduct inquest and inspection, effect distraint , make expert evaluation and inquiry, and freeze.
  • If the original entity has ceased to exist or it exists but it has been written off the corrupted and misappropriated funds as losses, the distraint shall be handed over to the national treasure.
  • When Charles, distracted by the news of the distraint, returned home, Emma had just gone out. Madame Bovary
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