Definition of replevin in English:



  • 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.

    • ‘I think that the word ‘replevin’ would be an old Norman-French word that goes back to 1066 and probably means ‘recover’.’
    • ‘The word ‘replevin’ refers to the ability of a tenant to retake the seized goods.’
    • ‘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.’
    retrieval, regaining, repossession, getting back, recapture, reclamation, recouping, retaking, redemption
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    1. 1.1 An action arising from a replevin.
      • ‘Shortly thereafter, plaintiff brought this action in replevin to recover the dog.’
      retrieve, get back, win back, take back, recoup, reclaim, repossess, recapture, retake, redeem
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Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French replevir recover (see replevy).