Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An action to recover personal property said or claimed to be unlawfully taken.
  • n. The writ or procedure of such an action.
  • transitive v. To replevy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an action to recover personal property unlawfully taken; the writ or procedure of such action
  • v. to replevy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A personal action which lies to recover possession of goods and chattle wrongfully taken or detained. Originally, it was a remedy peculiar to cases for wrongful distress, but it may generally now be brought in all cases of wrongful taking or detention.
  • n. The writ by which goods and chattels are replevied.
  • transitive v. To replevy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a personal action which lies to recover possession of goods or 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.
  • n. The writ by which goods and chattels are replevied.
  • n. Bail.
  • To replevy.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman replevine, from replevir, to give as a security : re-, re- + plevir, to pledge (from Late Latin plebere, of Germanic origin).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman, from Old French replevir ‘recover’, from re- + plevir (apparently from a Germanic word which was also the source of English pledge). (Wiktionary)

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