Also found in: Legal, Wikipedia.
A common-law action to recover damages for property illegally withheld or wrongfully converted to use by another.
[From Anglo-Norman, to compose, invent, find, probably from Vulgar Latin *tropāre; see troubadour.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
(Law) law (formerly) the act of wrongfully assuming proprietary rights over personal goods or property belonging to another
[C16: from Old French, from trover to find; see trouvère, troubadour]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
an action for the recovery of the value of personal property seized or appropriated by another.
[1585–95; < Middle French, Old French: to find, probably < Vulgar Latin *tropāre to compose, invent, derivative of Latin tropus trope; compare contrive]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.