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 (dĕt′n-o͞o′, -yo͞o′)
n. Law
a. An action to recover possession or the value of property wrongfully detained.
b. The writ authorizing such action.
2. The act of unlawfully detaining personal property.

[Middle English detenue, from Old French, detention, from feminine past participle of detenir, to detain; see detain.]


(Law) law an action brought by a plaintiff to recover goods wrongfully detained
[C15: from Old French detenue, from detenir to detain]


(ˈdɛt nˌu, -ˈyu)

(in common law) an action to recover personal property wrongfully detained.
[1425–75; late Middle English detenu < Anglo-French detenue, detinue detention, orig. feminine past participle of detenir to detain]
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55) At common law, the action for vindication of pre-existing property rights fell into disuse following the decline of the writ of detinue until its abolition by the Torts (Interference with Goods) Act 1977 (UK), c 32, s 2.
torts then typically involved causes of action such as detinue, the
relatively unimportant common law remedies, such as trover, detinue,
354) Moreover, some relevant tort remedies, for instance conversion and detinue, depend upon proof of the existence of a property right.
90) At common law the defendant in an action for detinue had the option of whether to return the property or to give its value to the plaintiff: see Fleming, supra note 25, c.
An action for debt ordered that a specific sum of money be returned to the plaintiff, while an action for detinue ordered the defendant to surrender certain chattels (or their value).
5th DCA 1986), the court, during the course of a lengthy discussion on the history of replevin and related proceedings of detinue, trover and conversion and debt, noted cryptically that process could be effectuated by publication.