detinue definition

  • noun:
    • An action to recover possession or even the worth of property wrongfully detained.
    • The writ authorizing such action.
    • Law The work of unlawfully detaining personal residential property.
    • A legal activity to reclaim items wrongfully detained.
    • people or thing detained.
    • in-law, a vintage form of activity, today little-used, taken to recuperate ownership of particular articles of personal residential property unlawfully detained.

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