- an action for the recovery of goods or chattels wrongfully taken or detained.
- the common-law action or writ by which goods are replevied.
- to replevy.
Origin of replevin
Examples from the Web for replevin
He said he wanted to serve a writ of replevin and take the horse.
Well, if I can find them I shall have them arrested and replevin the horse.
I hear the owners are so impudent, that they design to replevin them by law.
Replevin, simpleton, 'tis Dingley I mean; but it is a hard word, and so I'll excuse it.
Is replevin any relation, say a second cousin, to lis pendis?The Winning Touchdown</p>
- the recovery of goods unlawfully taken, made subject to establishing the validity of the recovery in a legal action and returning the goods if the decision is adverse
- (formerly) a writ of replevin
- another word for replevy
Word Origin and History for replevin
"recovery of goods (by someone) taken from him, upon posting of security," mid-15c., from Anglo-French replevin (14c.) and Anglo-Latin (13c.) replevina, from Old French replevir (v.) "to pledge, protect, warrant," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + plevir, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to pledge (v.). The corresponding verb is replevy (1550s).