Definition of detinue in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɛtɪnjuː/


[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).
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'.

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