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

  • transitive v. To regain possession of by a writ of replevin.
  • n. A replevin.

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  • v. to return goods to their rightful owner by replevin; to recover goods

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Replevin.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To bail.

from The 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.


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

Anglo-Norman replevir; see replevin.

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Old French replevir ‘recover’, from re- + plevir (probably from a Germanic source which also gave pledge).


  • They ran us up into a little town, when they got out a replevy and took the mules.

    Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi

  • 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.

    Forty Years a Gambler on the Mississippi

  • 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.

    The Massachusetts Body of Liberties

  • It is unlawful, in itself, to replevy goods in the custody of the collectors.

    Select Speeches of Daniel Webster

  • 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.

    Mr. Dooley's Philosophy

  • I of course refused, whereupon he threatened to replevy, and at once returned to his lawyer's office.

    Twenty Years of Hus'ling

  • _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.

    Tales and Novels — Volume 08

  • 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.

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

  • 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.

    The Complete Memoirs of Jacques Casanova

  • "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.

    Mr. Dooley's Philosophy


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  • Oh! interrupted the valet, do not be at all uneasy about your debt: I will take it upon myself; put it down to me. It is true that some unmannerly creditors have preferred legal measures to a reliance on our honour; but we shall take the first opportunity of obtaining a replevy, and will pay you without looking at your bill.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 3 ch. 4

    September 13, 2008