Distringas

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Distringas (Law) A writ commanding the sheriff to distrain a person by his goods or chattels, to compel a compliance with something required of him.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n distringas 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. It was used to compel a defendant to appear; also, after judgment for plaintiff in an action of detinue, to compel the defendant, by repeated distresses of his goods, to give np the chattel detained.
    • n distringas A process commanding the sheriff to bring in the bodies of jurors who did not appear, or to distrain their lands and goods.
    • n distringas A process in equity against a body corporate refusing to obey the summons and direction of the court.
    • n distringas 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Distringas dis-tring′gas an old writ directing a sheriff or other officer to distrain.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., that you distrain, fr. distringere,. See Distrain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Second pers. sing. pres. subj. of Late L. distringĕre, to distrain.

Usage

In literature:

A corporation, however, is proceeded against by distringas and not by attachment.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 8" by Various
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