Avowry
Avowry A*vow"ry, n. [OE. avouerie protection, authority, OF. avouerie. See {Avow} to declare.] 1. An advocate; a patron; a patron saint. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Let God alone be our avowry. --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of the distrainer of goods, who, in an action of replevin, avows and justifies the taking in his own right. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

Note: When an action of replevin is brought, the distrainer either makes avowry, that is, avours taking the distress in his own right, or the right of his wife, and states the reason if it, as for arrears of rent, damage done, or the like; or makes cognizance, that is, acknowledges the taking, but justifies in an another's right, as his bailiff or servant. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Avowry — In law, avowry is where one takes a distress for rent or other thing, and the other sues replevin. In which case the taker shall justify, in his plea, for what cause he took it, and if he took it in his own right, is to show it, and so avow the… …   Wikipedia

  • avowry — /euh vow ree/, n., pl. avowries. Law. a plea by a defendant in an action of replevin who admits taking the distrained goods and shows just cause for the taking. [1300 50; ME avowrie < OF avouerie, equiv. to avou(er) to AVOW + erie RY] * * * …   Universalium

  • avowry — noun a) The action of an advowee, advocate or patron b) advocacy, patronage, protection …   Wiktionary

  • avowry — avow·ry …   English syllables

  • avowry — /avawry/ A common law pleading in the action of replevin, by which the defendant avows, that is, acknowledges and justifies the taking of the distress or property complained of, where he took it in his own right, and sets forth the reason of it;… …   Black's law dictionary

  • avowry — /avawry/ A common law pleading in the action of replevin, by which the defendant avows, that is, acknowledges and justifies the taking of the distress or property complained of, where he took it in his own right, and sets forth the reason of it;… …   Black's law dictionary

  • avowry — A landlord s common law pleading justifying the distraint of property. 32 Am J1st L & T § 647 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • avowry — au̇(ə)rē, ri noun ( es) Etymology: Middle English avowrie, from Middle French avouerie protection, patronage, from Old French, from avouer to avow + erie ery 1. a. obsolete …   Useful english dictionary

  • avow — /avaw/ In pleading, to acknowledge and justify an act done. To make an avowry. See avowal avowry justification …   Black's law dictionary

  • avow — /avaw/ In pleading, to acknowledge and justify an act done. To make an avowry. See avowal avowry justification …   Black's law dictionary

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