Word of the Day Archive
Saturday December 18, 2010
To recover goods or chattels wrongfully taken or detained.
Mrs. Squall, claiming the brood because her hen had spent three weeks of valuable time in warming them into existence, proceeded without delay to replevy them.
-- Charles J Scofield, A Subtle Adversary; A Tale of Callitso County
"You can't replevy everything to the Judgment Day and expect the Angel Gabriel to settle all your debts in gold coin at a discount and all your debts in gold coin at a discount and all interest waived."
-- Robert Penn Warren, World enough and time: a romantic novel
Replevy originates in the Old French replevir, "to bail out."