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