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  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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to replevy.
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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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Historical Examples

  • He said he wanted to serve a writ of replevin and take the horse.

    Twenty Years of Hus'ling

    J. P. Johnston

  • 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.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • Replevin, simpleton, 'tis Dingley I mean; but it is a hard word, and so I'll excuse it.

    The Journal to Stella

    Jonathan Swift

  • Is replevin any relation, say a second cousin, to lis pendis?

    The Winning Touchdown

    Lester Chadwick

British Dictionary definitions for replevin


  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
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  1. another word for replevy
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Word Origin

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


"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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