Definition of trover in English:



mass nounLaw
  • Common-law action to recover the value of personal property that has been wrongfully disposed of by another person.

    • ‘Here it is plain that the full value had not been recovered on the count in trover; the value of the goods mentioned in that action was 7000l, the verdict 1500l, to which sum the verdict on the other counts was necessarily limited.’
    • ‘The plaintiffs brought an action against the defendants in trover in respect of indigo warrants.’
    • ‘Second, he claims a right to possession under the property law principles of trover and conversion.’
    • ‘The defence cannot be raised in the context of an action in trover, which is based on the misappropriation of a chattel.’
    • ‘In an action for trover, the company would be the proper plaintiff, would it not?’


Late 16th century: from an Anglo-Norman French noun use of Old French trover ‘to find’.