replevin

noun
re·​plev·​in | \ ri-ˈple-vən How to pronounce replevin (audio) \

Definition of replevin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

law
: an action originating in common law and now largely codified by which a plaintiff having a right in personal property which is claimed to be wrongfully taken or detained by the defendant seeks to recover possession of the property and sometimes to obtain damages for the wrongful detention also : a procedure allowing the plaintiff as a provisional remedy to take possession of the property prior to a judgment on the action

replevin

verb
replevined; replevining; replevins

Definition of replevin (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of replevin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The subpoenas, which were filed in court Wednesday, precede a hearing on Friday on a civil complaint and a motion for a writ of replevin against Thomas before Judge Sarah Taft-Carter in Washington County Superior Court. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of replevin

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1678, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for replevin

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from replevir to give security, from re- + plevir to pledge, from Late Latin *plebere — more at pledge

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7 Dec 2021

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“Replevin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/replevin. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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replevin

noun
re·​plev·​in | \ ri-ˈple-vən How to pronounce replevin (audio) \

Legal Definition of replevin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an action originating in common law and now largely codified by which a plaintiff having a right in personal property claimed to be wrongfully taken or detained by the defendant seeks to recover possession of the property and sometimes to obtain damages for the wrongful detention also : a procedure allowing the plaintiff as a provisional remedy to take possession of the property prior to judgment on the action

Note: Under section 2-716 of the Uniform Commercial Code, a buyer who is a party to a contract that has been breached by the seller has a right of replevin for goods that are identified to the contract if cover cannot reasonably be effected.

replevin

transitive verb

Legal Definition of replevin (Entry 2 of 2)

History and Etymology for replevin

Noun

Anglo-French replevine, from replevir to give security, from Old French, to give security for, from re- back + plevir to pledge

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