Middle English Dictionary Entry

wither-nām n.
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Law (a) The distraining of a deforcer’s personal goods in order to force restoration of that which he has illegally taken; also, a writ authorizing this action; (b) a distress authorized by one civic group or municipality against the members of another for the purpose of recovering a debt owed by one member of the latter group.