Definition of detinue in English:

detinue

Syllabification: det·i·nue
Pronunciation: /ˈdetnˌ(y)o͞o
 
/

noun

Law
A legal claim to recover wrongfully detained goods or possessions.
More example sentences
  • He is also being sued by the companies for trespass, conversion and detinue, and for monies had and received to the use of the companies.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French detenue, past participle (used as a noun) of detenir 'detain'.

More definitions of detinue

Definition of detinue in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day grammarian
Pronunciation: grəˈmɛːrɪən
noun
a person who studies and writes about grammar