re·plev·in 1 /ri-'ple-vən/ n [Anglo-French replevine, from replevir to give security, from Old French, to give security for, from re- back + plevir to pledge]: an action originating in common law and now largely codified by which a plaintiff having a right in personal property claimed to be wrongfully taken or detained by the defendant seeks to recover possession of the property and sometimes to obtain damages for the wrongful detention; also: a procedure allowing the plaintiff as a provisional remedy to take possession of the property prior to judgment on the action
◇ Under section 2-716 of the Uniform Commercial Code, a buyer who is a party to a contract that has been breached by the seller has a right of replevin for goods that are identified to the contract if cover cannot reasonably be effected.
replevin 2 vt: replevy

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun acquisition, delivery back, reclamation, recoupment, recovery, recovery of property, redelivery, redemption, repossession, retaking, retrieval, salvage associated concepts: detinue, replevin bond II index reclaim, recoup (regain), recovery (repossession), redeem (repurchase), redemption

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

An action in which the owner of wrongfully taken goods recovers possession of them.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

the remedy by which a person recovered goods if the goods were seized by distress. It was extended to cover wrongful detention generally. See now the County Courts Act 1984 and the Torts (Interference with Goods ) Act 1977.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

A type of legal action where the owner of movable goods is given the right to recover them from someone who shouldnt have them. Replevin is often used in disputes between buyers and sellers — for example, a seller might bring a replevin action to reclaim goods from a buyer who failed to pay for them.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. An action taken to recover wrongfully taken property, rather than recovering only the value of that property from the defendant; a court order authorizing the return of the plaintiff's wrongfully taken property.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A legal action to recover the possession of items of personal property.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A legal action to recover the possession of items of personal property.
II An action for the recovery of a possession that has been wrongfully taken.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   under common law, the right to bring a lawsuit for recovery of goods improperly taken by another. In almost all states the term replevin in no longer used, since the states have adopted "one cause of action" for all civil wrongs.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • replevin — /raplevan/ An action whereby the owner or person entitled to repossession of goods or chattels may recover those goods or chattels from one who has wrongfully distrained or taken or who wrongfully detains such goods or chattels. Jim s Furniture… …   Black's law dictionary

  • replevin — /ri plev in/, Law. n. 1. an action for the recovery of goods or chattels wrongfully taken or detained. 2. the common law action or writ by which goods are replevied. v.t. 3. to replevy. [1300 50; ME < AF, deriv. of replevir to bail out, admit to… …   Universalium

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  • replevin —    A type of legal action that gives the right to the owner to recover property that was unlawfully taken or retained. Replevin is commonly used in disputes between buyers and sellers when the buyer has failed to pay for goods …   Business law dictionary

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