replevin(redirected from replevins)
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1. An action to recover personal property said or claimed to be unlawfully taken.
2. The writ or procedure of such an action.
tr.v. re·plev·ined, re·plev·in·ing, re·plev·ines
1. (Law) 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. (Law) (formerly) a writ of replevin
(Law) another word for replevy
[C15: from Anglo-French, from Old French replevir to give security for, from re- + plevir to pledge]
1. an action for the recovery of goods or chattels wrongfully taken or detained.
2. the writ or action by which such goods are recovered.v.t.
3. to replevy.
Past participle: replevined