noun[mass noun] Law
The crime of wrongful detention of goods or personal possessions (replaced in the UK by the tort of wrongful interference of goods).
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.
late Middle English: from Old French detenue, past participle (used as a noun) of detenir 'detain'.
Definition of detinue in:
- The US English dictionary