Definition of detinue in English:

detinue

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

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