tro·​ver ˈtrō-vər How to pronounce trover (audio)
: a common law action to recover the value of goods wrongfully converted to another's own use

Examples of trover in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Slaughter was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, theft of a motor vehicle, weapons in a motor vehicle, second-degree criminal trover, interfering with an officer, possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of over a half-ounce of cocaine in free base form. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 8 Feb. 2023 Roberts is charged with first-degree larceny, second-degree criminal trover, carrying a pistol without a permit, interfering with police and assault on police. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 6 Jan. 2023 Little was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle, engaging in pursuit, interfering with police, two counts of simple trespass, second-degree criminal trover and third-degree burglary. Staff Report, Hartford Courant, 16 Feb. 2023 Kaleem Ulthmaan of Hamden was arrested and charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit larceny, second-degree criminal trover and interfering with police. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 5 Jan. 2023 He is charged with third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree burglary, second-degree criminal larceny and criminal trover, police said. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 27 Nov. 2022 The teen was charged with first-degree larceny, third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trover and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 16 Aug. 2022 The two men, both 18, are charged with second-degree larceny and second-degree trover, among other charges. Seamus McAvoy,, 21 Dec. 2021 He is charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree burglary, second-degree larceny, sixth-degree larceny and criminal trover. Don Stacom,, 7 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trover was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Trover.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition


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

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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