One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Common-law action to recover the value of personal property that has been wrongfully disposed of by another person.
- ‘Second, he claims a right to possession under the property law principles of trover and conversion.’
- ‘The plaintiffs brought an action against the defendants in trover in respect of indigo warrants.’
- ‘In an action for trover, the company would be the proper plaintiff, would it not?’
- ‘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 defence cannot be raised in the context of an action in trover, which is based on the misappropriation of a chattel.’
Late 16th century: from an Anglo-Norman French noun use of Old French trover ‘to find’.
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