Replevy is to recover or take back goods that are being unlawfully withheld or withheld from their rightful owner.
When you take back goods that are rightful yours but that are being withheld, this is an example of replevy.
To regain possession of (personal property) by a writ of replevin.
To seize or take back (goods) under a writ of replevin.
(rare) To release (a person) on bail.
The recovery of goods pursuant to a writ of replevin; to get delivery of goods that had been kept from the rightful owner; to recover chattels as a result of replevin.
Origin of replevy
- Anglo-Norman replevir replevin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Old French replevir (“recover"), from re- + plevir (probably from a Germanic source which also gave pledge).