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[troh-ver] /ˈtroʊ vər/
noun, Law.
an action for the recovery of the value of personal property wrongfully converted by another to his or her own use.
Origin of trover
1585-95; < Middle French, Old French: to find, probably < Vulgar Latin *tropāre to compose, invent, derivative of Latin tropus trope; cf. contrive Unabridged
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  • "She is right Her plan is a good one, trover," broke in Holmes.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Mr. trover's guests were our acquaintances Stocmar and Ludlow Paten.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • It treats of the law of trover, of buying and selling, and the ordinary monetary transactions.

  • It has been supposed, to be sure, that a "special property" was necessary in order to maintain replevin /2/ or trover.

    The Common Law Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • The declaration was trover for the books of record, original charter, common seal, and other corporate property of the college.

  • He, sly and sharp, in sudden glee at his trover, bought with it a lottery ticket that drew a prize.

    Mark Gildersleeve John S. Sauzade
  • That man trover has taken all the papers away with him, but he 'll turn up some day or other.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • He had but finished these words when trover rushed into the room, his face pale as death, and his lips colorless.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Our present scene is laid at Mr. trover's villa near Florence.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • trover had just tact enough for the occasion, and was most jocose wherever the point was a perilous one.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for trover


(law) (formerly) the act of wrongfully assuming proprietary rights over personal goods or property belonging to another
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from trover to find; see trouvère, troubadour
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