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writ of detinue


from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. one that lies against him who wrongfully detains goods or chattels delivered to him, or in possession, to recover the thing itself, or its value and damages, from the detainer. It is now in a great measure superseded by other remedies.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a writ ordering the release of goods that have been unlawfully detained


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