tro·​ver | \ ˈtrō-vər How to pronounce trover (audio) \

Definition of trover

: a common law action to recover the value of goods wrongfully converted to another's own use

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Recent Examples on the Web Aaron Rugar, 26, faces charges including carjacking, third-degree larceny, second-degree assault and second-degree criminal trover, among others, Hartford police said. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Man charged with Hartford carjacking that injured two in struggle, crash," 16 Nov. 2020 King was charged with first-degree larceny, second-degree criminal trover, and operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Six arrested in stolen car/gun violence operation in Hartford, police say," 13 Aug. 2020 Quinones was arrested about 10 a.m. and charged with second-degree larceny, taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission, criminal trover, interfering with police, reckless driving and second-degree criminal mischief, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "HPD: 7th Auto Theft Charge For Teen Shot While Behind The Wheel Of Stolen Car," 12 June 2018 The two, 15 and 16 years old, from Hamden were charged with third-degree larceny, criminal trover and interfering with a police officer. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Teens Charged With Stealing Car In Hamden," 26 Dec. 2017 Both teens were charged with third-degree larceny/motor vehicle theft, first-degree criminal trover and interfering with an officer, police said. Christine Dempsey,, "Troopers Chase Stolen Car From Hartford To Vernon, Arrest Teens, State Police Say," 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of trover

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trover

Anglo-French, finding, trover, from trover to find

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The first known use of trover was in 1594

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“Trover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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tro·​ver | \ ˈtrō-vər How to pronounce trover (audio) \

Legal Definition of trover

: an action at common law to recover the value of chattels or goods wrongfully converted by another to his or her own use — compare detinue

History and Etymology for trover

short for action of trover and conversion; Anglo-French trover act of finding (alluding to goods lost by the plaintiff and found by the defendant), from trover to find, from Old French

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