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
[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman replevine, from replevir, to give as a security : re-, re- + plevir, to pledge (from Late Latin plebere, of Germanic origin; see dlegh- in Indo-European roots).]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, derivative of replevir to bail out, Old French. See re-, pledge]
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Past participle: replevined
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