Definition of detinue in English:

detinue

noun

mass nounLaw
  • The crime of wrongful detention of goods or personal possessions (replaced in the UK by the tort of wrongful interference of goods).

    • ‘He is also being sued by the companies for trespass, conversion and detinue, and for monies had and received to the use of the companies.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French detenue, past participle (used as a noun) of detenir ‘detain’.

Pronunciation

detinue

/ˈdɛtɪnjuː/