replevin

[ri-plev-in]Law.
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noun
  1. an action for the recovery of goods or chattels wrongfully taken or detained.
  2. the common-law action or writ by which goods are replevied.
verb (used with object)
  1. to replevy.

Origin of replevin

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of replevir to bail out, admit to bail, Old French. See re-, pledge
Related formsun·re·plev·ined, adjective
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replevin

noun
  1. 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
  2. (formerly) a writ of replevin
verb
  1. another word for replevy

Word Origin for replevin

C15: from Anglo-French, from Old French replevir to give security for, from re- + plevir to pledge
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Word Origin and History for replevin
n.

"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).

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