Writ of detinue
Detinue Det"i*nue (?; 277), n. [OF. detinu, detenu, p. p. of detenir to detain. See {Detain}.] A person or thing detained; (Law) A form of action for the recovery of a personal chattel wrongfully detained. [1913 Webster]

{Writ of detinue} (Law), one that lies against him who wrongfully detains goods or chattels delivered to him, or in possession, to recover the thing itself, or its value and damages, from the detainer. It is now in a great measure superseded by other remedies. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • writ — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English wrītan to write Date: before 12th century 1. something written ; writing < Sacred Writ > 2. a. a formal written document; specifically a legal instrument in epistolary form… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • detinue — A common law remedy for the recovery in specie of chattels wrongfully withheld from the plaintiff. See non detinet; writ of detinue …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • detinue — [det′ n yo͞o΄, det′ n o͞o΄] n. [ME < OFr, fem. pp. of detenir: see DETAIN] Law 1. the unlawful detention of personal property which originally was rightfully acquired 2. an action or writ for the recovery of property unlawfully detained, as in …   English World dictionary

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