- 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
Related Words for replevinlitigation, claim, bill, prosecution, argument, accusation, trial, suit, action, indictment, dispute, impeachment, summons, restoration, return, rescue, regain, restore, retrieve, resume
Examples from the Web for replevin
Historical Examples of 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
- 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 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).