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replevin

[ri-plev-in] /rɪˈplɛv ɪn/
noun
1.
an action for the recovery of goods or chattels wrongfully taken or detained.
2.
the common-law action or writ by which goods are replevied.
verb (used with object)
3.
to replevy.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of replevir to bail out, admit to bail, Old French. See re-, pledge
Related forms
unreplevined, adjective
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Examples for replevin
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for replevin

replevin

/rɪˈplɛvɪn/
noun
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
verb
3.
another word for replevy
Word Origin
C15: from Anglo-French, from Old French replevir to give security for, from re- + plevir to pledge
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Word Origin and History for replevin
n.

"recovery of goods (by someone) taken from him, upon posting of security," mid-15c., from Anglo-French replevin (14c.) and Anglo-Latin (13c.) replevina, from Old French replevir (v.) "to pledge, protect, warrant," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + plevir, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to pledge (v.). The corresponding verb is replevy (1550s).

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Encyclopedia Article for replevin

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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