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Definition of "replevin" [re•plev•in]

  • An action to recover personal property said or claimed to be unlawfully taken. (noun)
  • The writ or procedure of such an action. (noun)
  • To replevy. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "replevin" in a sentence
  • "In almost all states the term replevin in no longer used, since the states have adopted "one cause of action" for all civil wrongs."
  • "Yesterday's term was replevin, which is defined as:"
  • "By the act commonly called replevin law, any person whose goods are seized or detained by the collector for the payment of duties may sue out a writ of replevin, and, by virtue of that writ, the goods are to be restored to him."