When you take back goods that are rightful yours but that are being withheld, this is an example of replevy.
transitive verb-·plev′ied, -·plev′y·ing
- to seize or take back (goods) under a writ of replevin
- Rare to release (a person) on bail
Origin of replevyOld French replevir: see replevin
transitive verbre·plev·ied, re·plev·y·ing, re·plev·ies
Origin of replevyAnglo-Norman replevir ; see replevin .
(third-person singular simple present replevies, present participle replevying, simple past and past participle replevied)
Old French replevir (“recover"), from re- + plevir (probably from a Germanic source which also gave pledge).
replevy - Legal Definition