One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A procedure whereby seized goods may be provisionally restored to their owner pending the outcome of an action to determine the rights of the parties concerned.
retrieval, regaining, repossession, getting back, recapture, reclamation, recouping, retaking, redemptionView synonyms
- ‘I think that the word ‘replevin’ would be an old Norman-French word that goes back to 1066 and probably means ‘recover’.’
- ‘I was asked at the United Future caucus this morning what the word ‘replevin’ means, and I had to confess that I had absolutely no idea.’
- ‘The word ‘replevin’ refers to the ability of a tenant to retake the seized goods.’
- 1.1count noun An action arising from the process of replevin.
retrieve, regain, regain possession of, get back, win back, take back, recoup, reclaim, repossess, recapture, retake, redeemView synonyms
- ‘Shortly thereafter, plaintiff brought this action in replevin to recover the dog.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French replevir ‘recover’ (see replevy).
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