American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To regain possession of by a writ of replevin.
- n. A replevin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To recover possession of by an action of replevin; sue for and get back, pending the action, by giving security to try the right to the goods in a suit at law. See replevin.
- To take back or set at liberty upon security, as anything seized; bail, as a person.
- To take possession of goods or chattels sued for by an action of replevin.
- n. Replevin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Law) To take or get back, by a writ for that purpose (goods and chattels wrongfully taken or detained), upon giving security to try the right to them in a suit at law, and, if that should be determined against the plaintiff, to return the property replevied.
- v. (Old Eng. Law) To bail.
- n. Replevin.
- Old French replevir ‘recover’, from re- + plevir (probably from a Germanic source which also gave pledge). (Wiktionary)
- Anglo-Norman replevir; see replevin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“They ran us up into a little town, when they got out a replevy and took the mules.”
“I employed a lawyer, and in about ten minutes we were free; but if we had not got away with the stuff we would have had more trouble, as he was ready to replevy.”
“Every man shall have liberty to replevy his Cattell or goods impounded, distrained, seised, or extended, unless it be upon execution after Judgement, and in payment of fines.”
“It is unlawful, in itself, to replevy goods in the custody of the collectors.”
“Chinn ar-rms himsilf as becomes a riprisintative iv a gr-reat coort goin 'to sarve a sacred writ iv replevy on th' usurper to th 'loftiest or wan iv th' loftiest jobs that th 'people iv a gloryous state can donate to a citizen.”
“I of course refused, whereupon he threatened to replevy, and at once returned to his lawyer's office.”
“_Catty. _ (_speaking very rapidly_) Bless you for that word, counshillor; and by the first light to-morrow, I'll drive all the grazing cattle, every four-footed _baast_ off the land, and pound 'em in Ballynavogue; and if they replevy, why I'll distrain again, if it be forty times, I will go.”
“In answer to this petition, a decree immediately issued from the King's council, commanding a replevy of the arrests and seizures of which the petitioner complained.”
“I answered that he would find the sum in the hands of Madame d'Urfe's solicitor, and that he could receive it as soon as he had given replevy on the bail at the Fort l'Eveque.”
“So th 'judge passes out a replevy writ be vartue iv th' thrust that's been reposed in him be th 'comity and gives it to Colonel Jack Chinn, wan iv th' leaders iv th 'Kentucky bar, f'r to serve.”
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