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trover

[troh-ver]
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noun Law.
  1. an action for the recovery of the value of personal property wrongfully converted by another to his or her own use.
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Origin of trover

1585–95; < Middle French, Old French: to find, probably < Vulgar Latin *tropāre to compose, invent, derivative of Latin tropus trope; cf. contrive
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Examples from the Web for trover

Historical Examples

  • Our present scene is laid at Mr. Trover's villa near Florence.

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    Charles James Lever

  • Trover, you may remember, was in a fright about it last night.

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    Charles James Lever

  • A look of anger and insufferable contempt was all Trover's reply.

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    Charles James Lever

  • Mr. Trover's guests were our acquaintances Stocmar and Ludlow Paten.

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    Charles James Lever

  • That man Trover has taken all the papers away with him, but he 'll turn up some day or other.

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    Charles James Lever


British Dictionary definitions for trover

trover

noun
  1. law (formerly) the act of wrongfully assuming proprietary rights over personal goods or property belonging to another
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Word Origin

C16: from Old French, from trover to find; see trouvère, troubadour
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