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avowry

[uh-vou-ree]
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noun, plural a·vow·ries. Law.
  1. a plea by a defendant in an action of replevin who admits taking the distrained goods and shows just cause for the taking.

Origin of avowry

1300–50; Middle English avowrie < Old French avouerie, equivalent to avou(er) to avow + -erie -ry
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