The act of unlawfully detaining personal property.
At common law, an action to recover personal property wrongly held by another.
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.
(law) A legal action to reclaim goods wrongfully detained.
Origin of detinue
- Middle English detenue from Old French detention from feminine past participle of detenir to detain detain
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition