- the recovery of goods by the person claiming to own them, on a promise to test the matter in court and give the goods up again if defeated
- the writ by which one takes over the goods
Origin of replevinMiddle English ; from Anglo-French replevine ; from Old French replevir, to warrant, pledge ; from re-, again + plevir, to pledge ; from Medieval Latin plevium, warranty, pledge
- An action to recover personal property said or claimed to be unlawfully taken.
- The writ or procedure of such an action.
transitive verbre·plev·ined, re·plev·in·ing, re·plev·ines
Origin of replevinMiddle English, from Anglo-Norman replevine, from replevir, to give as a security : re-, re- + plevir, to pledge (from Late Latin plebere, of Germanic origin; see dlegh- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present replevins, present participle replevining, simple past and past participle replevined)
- To replevy
replevin - Legal Definition
An action taken to recover wrongfully taken property, rather than recovering only the value of that property from the defendant; a court order authorizing the return of the plaintiff’s wrongfully taken property.