[ri-plev-in] Law.
an action for the recovery of goods or chattels wrongfully taken or detained.
the common-law action or writ by which goods are replevied.
verb (used with object)
to replevy.

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of replevir to bail out, admit to bail, Old French. See re-, pledge

unreplevined, adjective Unabridged
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replevin (rɪˈplɛvɪn)
1.  the recovery of goods unlawfully taken, made subject to establishing the validity of the recovery in a legal action and returning the goods if the decision is adverse
2.  (formerly) a writ of replevin
3.  another word for replevy
[C15: from Anglo-French, from Old French replevir to give security for, from re- + plevir to pledge]

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Word Origin & History

"recovery of goods (by someone) taken from him, upon posting of security," 1461, from Anglo-Fr. (1347), Anglo-L. replevina (13c.), from O.Fr. replevir (v.), from re- "back, again" + plevir, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to pledge (q.v.).
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a form of lawsuit in common-law countries, such as England, Commonwealth countries, and the United States, for return of personal property wrongfully taken and for compensation for resulting loss. Replevin is one of the oldest legal actions, dating to the 14th century. It is now called "claim and delivery."

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Example sentences
Replevin has been recognized as a remedy stemming from common law.
As an initial matter, this action for replevin is proper.
Seven years later, he filed this instant replevin action.
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