dis·tress n [Anglo-French destrece, literally, tightness, anguish, deprivation, from Old French, ultimately from Late Latin districtus severe, from past participle of distringere to hinder, punish see distrain]
1: seizure and detention of the goods of another as pledge or to obtain satisfaction of a claim by the sale of the goods seized; specif: seizure by a landlord of a tenant's property to obtain satisfaction of arrearages in rent
◇ Distress is regulated by statute where available. It has been held unconstitutional by some courts.
2: pain or suffering affecting the body, a bodily part, or the mind see also emotional distress

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (anguish) noun agitation, agony, anxiety, anxiousness, blight, depression, desolation, despair, despondency, difficulty, discomfort, discomposure, disquiet, disquietude, dissatisfaction, infelicity, inquietude, mental agony, misery, pain, perturbation, sadness, sorrow, suffering, torment, trial, tribulation, trouble, uneasiness, unhappiness, vexation, woe, worry, wretchedness associated concepts: distress for rent, distress warrant, mental distress, unreasonable distress, warrant of distress II (seizure) noun acquirement, acquisition, adoption, annexation, appropriation, arrogation, assumption, attachment, capture, confiscation, deprivation, deprivement, dispossession, disseisin, distraint, divestment, expropriation, impoundage, impoundment, impress, impressment, impropriation, levy, removal, seizing, sequestration, snatching, taking, usurpation III verb afflict, aggravate, aggrieve, agitate, agonize, annoy, bedevil, bother, cause suffering, chagrin, discompose, disgust, disquiet, disturb, exacerbate, grieve, harass, harrow, harry, hurt, irk, irritate, make miserable, make sorrowful, make unhappy, molest, offend, pain, perturb, sadden, subject to strain, torment, trouble, upset, vex, worry IV index adversity, affront, aggravation (annoyance), annoy, attach (seize), attachment (seizure), badger, bait (harass), condemnation (seizure), discommode, disseisin, distraint, disturb, embarrass, expropriation (divestiture), foreclosure, garnishment, harass, harry (harass), hector, inflict, mistreat, obsess, offend (insult), pain, persecute, perturb, plague, plaint, poverty, privation, prostration, provoke, quagmire, sequestration, toll (effect), trouble, upset

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) Anxiety, fear, pain;
see also emotional distress
(2) A landlord’s seizing of personal property without court approval to satisfy a claim, such as nonpayment of rent;
see also distraint
To cause anxiety, pain, or fear.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

the seizure of goods as security for the performance of some legal obligation (e.g. where a landlord distrains on his tenant's goods and chattels for non-payment of rent). For Scotland, See sequestration for rent.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

The seizure of another's property in order to obtain payment for money owed.
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations
Category: Personal Finance & Retirement
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

A remedy whereby the creditor can instruct bailiffs to enter the debtor's property to seize goods as security for payment of the debt. In the context of commercial leases, it is the landlord who will instruct bailiffs to distrain on the tenanted property as security for the payment of rent.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. The act of distraining another's property.
See also distrain

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The seizure of personal property for the satisfaction of a demand.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The seizure of personal property for the satisfaction of a demand.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   1) n. the self-help taking of another's possessions in order to force payment of a claim, which is generally illegal without a court order.
   2) adj. at lowest price due to negative circumstances.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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