detinue

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noun det·i·nue \ˈde-tən-ˌ(y)ü\

Definition of detinue

  1. 1 :  a common-law action for the recovery of a personal chattel wrongfully detained or of its value

  2. 2 :  detention of something due; especially :  the unlawful detention of a personal chattel from another

Origin and Etymology of detinue

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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detinue

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noun det·i·nue \ˈdet-ən-ˌü, -ˌyü\

Legal Definition of detinue

  1. :  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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