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detinue

[det-n-oo, -yoo] /ˈdɛt nˌu, -ˈyu/
noun, Law.
1.
an old commonlaw form of action to recover possession of personal property wrongfully detained.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English detenu < Anglo-French detenue, detinue detention, orig. feminine past participle of detenir to detain
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  • He was placed on the detinue book at the city prison.
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detinue

/ˈdɛtɪˌnjuː/
noun
1.
(law) an action brought by a plaintiff to recover goods wrongfully detained
Word Origin
C15: from Old French detenue, from detenir to detain
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