detinue

noun det·i·nue \ ˈde-tᵊn-ˌ(y)ü \
Updated on: 22 Mar 2018

Definition of detinue

1 : a common-law action for the recovery of a personal chattel wrongfully detained or of its value
2 : detention of something due; especially : the unlawful detention of a personal chattel from another

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Origin and Etymology of detinue

Middle English detenewe, from Anglo-French detenue detention, from feminine of detenu, past participle of detenir to detain


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detinue

noun det·i·nue \ ˈdet-ᵊn-ˌü, -ˌyü \

legal Definition of detinue

: a common-law action for the recovery of personal property belonging to the plaintiff that is wrongfully detained by the defendant — compare trover

Origin and Etymology of detinue

Anglo-French detenue, from feminine past participle of detenir to detain — see detainer


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