- an old commonlaw form of action to recover possession of personal property wrongfully detained.
Origin of detinue
1425–75; late Middle English detenu < Anglo-French detenue, detinue detention, orig. feminine past participle of detenir to detain
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Examples from the Web for detinue
Detinue, the primitive remedy, retained that mark of primitive procedure.The Common Law
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
In the manor courts, actions of debt, detinue, and covenant were frequent.
Detinue, in law, the form of action whereby a plaintiff seeks to recover a chattel personal unlawfully detained.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
The use of the action of trover gradually supplants the action of detinue, which involves compurgation.
- law an action brought by a plaintiff to recover goods wrongfully detained
C15: from Old French detenue, from detenir to detain