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replevin Line breaks: re|plevin
Pronunciation: /rɪˈplɛvɪn/

Definition of replevin in English:


[mass noun] Law
1A procedure whereby seized goods may be provisionally restored to their owner pending the outcome of an action to determine the rights of the parties concerned.
Example sentences
  • The word ‘replevin’ refers to the ability of a tenant to retake the seized goods.
  • I think that the word ‘replevin’ would be an old Norman-French word that goes back to 1066 and probably means ‘recover’.
  • I was asked at the United Future caucus this morning what the word ‘replevin’ means, and I had to confess that I had absolutely no idea.
1.1 [count noun] An action arising from the process of replevin.
Example sentences
  • Shortly thereafter, plaintiff brought this action in replevin to recover the dog.


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French replevir 'recover' (see replevy).

Words that rhyme with replevin

Bevin, Kevin, levin, Previn

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