from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A common-law action to recover damages for property illegally withheld or wrongfully converted to use by another.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Taking possession of personal property which has been found.
- n. A legal action brought to recover such property by its original owner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The gaining possession of any goods, whether by finding or by other means.
- n. An action to recover damages against one who found goods, and would not deliver them to the owner on demand; an action which lies in any case to recover the value of goods wrongfully converted by another to his own use. In this case the finding, though alleged, is an immaterial fact; the injury lies in the conversion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, the finding of anything; specifically, in law:
- n. the gaining possession of personal property, whether by finding or otherwise
- n. a common-law action for damages for the wrongful taking or detention of goods from the possession of another.
There is a veritable treasure trover here, from her securing earmarks for Wasilla to the tune of $30mil, her Troopergate lawyering-up, her one time support for Sen. Stevens, the Bridge to Nowhere, and on and on.
Note 134: Régime, p. 76: "Vous deves regarder le femme qu'ele soit samblans a le mere tant com ele puet plus, et k'ele ait boinne couleur meslee de rouge en blanc, … et soit sainne tant c'on porra plus trover, car les maladives norrices tuent ains droite eure les enfans." back
Then again, my civil pro professor spent a month on the common law causes of action, and I doubt I could explain trover at this point.
Anyway, the lucky lawyer will want to start his memo with a thorough discussion of the law of trover.
If Frank became tenant in tail, in right of his wife, but under his father, would he be able to grant leases for more than twenty-one years? and, if so, to whom would the right of trover belong?
Does not the law recognise it under the definition of trover?
Some fifty years ago there was a curious case of whale-trover litigated in England, wherein the plaintiffs set forth that after a hard chase of a whale in the Northern seas; and when indeed they
Even the possibilities of a rich trover would not compensate for having rats running about one's bed at night.
The number of works hitherto undescribed that has been brought to light during the last sixty years must be considerable; and one still hears every now and then of some rich trover that has been unearthed.
The circuit and supreme courts of the several states, though the slave cases which they tried were for the most part concerned only with such dry questions as detinue, trover, bailment, leases, inheritance and reversions, in which the personal quality of the negroes was largely ignored, occasionally rendered decisions of vivid human interest even where matters of mere property were nominally involved.