detinue[det′'n yo̵̅o̅′, -'n o̵̅o̅′]
detinue definition by Webster's New World
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- the unlawful detention of personal property which originally was rightfully acquired
- an action or writ for the recovery of property unlawfully detained, as in a pawnshop
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French feminine past participle of detenir: see detain
detinue definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- a. An action to recover possession or the value of property wrongfully detained.b. The writ authorizing such action.
- The act of unlawfully detaining personal property.
Origin: Middle English detenue, from Old French, detention, from feminine past participle of detenir, to detain; see detain.
detinue - Legal Definition
At common law, an action to recover personal property wrongly held by another.