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 It is now in a great measure superseded by other remedies.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]


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  • detinue — det·i·nue / det ən ˌü, ˌyü/ n [Anglo French detenue, from feminine past participle of detenir to detain see detainer]: a common law action for the recovery of personal property belonging to the plaintiff that is wrongfully detained by the… …   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

  • Detinue — Tort law Part of the …   Wikipedia

  • detinue — /detan(y)uw/ A form of action which lies for the recovery, in specie, of personal chattels from one who acquired possession of them lawfully, but retains it without right, together with damages for the detention. Possessory action for recovery of …   Black's law dictionary

  • detinue — /detan(y)uw/ A form of action which lies for the recovery, in specie, of personal chattels from one who acquired possession of them lawfully, but retains it without right, together with damages for the detention. Possessory action for recovery of …   Black's law dictionary

  • detinue — /det n ooh , yooh /, n. Law. an old commonlaw form of action to recover possession of personal property wrongfully detained. [1425 75; late ME detenu < AF detenue, detinue detention, orig. fem. ptp. of detenir to DETAIN] * * * …   Universalium

  • detinue — det•i•nue [[t]ˈdɛt nˌu, ˈyu[/t]] n. law (in common law) an action to recover personal property wrongfully detained • Etymology: 1425–75; late ME detenu < AF detenue, detinue detention, orig. fem. ptp. of detenir to detain …   From formal English to slang

  • 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 — noun Etymology: Middle English detenewe, from Anglo French detenue detention, from feminine of detenu, past participle of detenir to detain Date: 15th century 1. a common law action for the recovery of a personal chattel …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • detinue — noun A legal action to reclaim goods wrongfully detained …   Wiktionary

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