noun Law.
an action for the recovery of the value of personal property wrongfully converted by another to his or her own use.

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

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a form of lawsuit in common-law countries (e.g., England, Commonwealth countries, and the United States) for recovery of damages for wrongful taking of personal property. Trover belongs to a series of remedies for such wrongful taking, its distinctive feature being recovery only for the value of whatever was taken, not for the recovery of the property itself (compare replevin).

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Example sentences
Trover did not notify his clients of the judgment, did not respond to their phone calls and took no further action on the case.
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