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Replevin

Postby Dr. Goodword » Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:06 pm

• replevin •


Pronunciation: rê-ple-vin • Hear it!

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: 1. The recovery by legal means of property unlawfully held by someone else; an action of trover. 2. A writ empowering someone to recover goods wrongfully held by someone else.

Notes: Replevin is an odd noun form for the verb it comes from, replevy—one reason why it attracted our attention. If you replevy property held illegally by someone else, you will need a replevin in the second sense to do so. You replevy goods that belong to you by an action of replevin. By the way, replevin is favored in the US; trover is used elsewhere in the English-speaking world.

In Play: Into every life these days, a little legalese must flow: "The cattle rustlers quickly hired a lawyer to respond to the flurry of replevins they were receiving from their victims." We may as well make use (fun?) of it: "Mom, please help me! I've tried everything short of an action of replevin to get my jacket back from my sister!"

Word History: Today's Good Word was taken from Old French replevine, the rather regular noun from replevir "to offer as security". It comprises re- "over, again" + plevir "to pledge". French inherited this verb from Late Latin plebere "to pledge". Latin apparently borrowed this word from a Germanic ancestor of English pledge, changing the j-sound of DG, which Latin did not have, to [b]. Pledging was apparently associated with gambling, gaming, and games of risk, for the same root turns up in English play and the risky word plight. (It is now time to pledge our gratitude to Sara Goldman for suggesting one of the strange little words lawyers play with all the time.)
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Re: Replevin

Postby LukeJavan8 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:14 pm

one of the strange little words lawyers play with all the time.)

which makes them so hard to understand. They should
publish a book of 'lawyerspeak'.
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Re: Replevin

Postby misterdoe » Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:56 pm

LukeJavan8 wrote:They should publish a book of 'lawyerspeak'.

They do. But we can't read it because the whole book is written in lawyerspeak. :)
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Re: Replevin

Postby LukeJavan8 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:36 am

Well it's good to know they publish one at least, but
since you made that caveat, I am not going to rush
to Amazon or Barnes & Noble to find one. Thanks for
the info
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Re: Replevin

Postby misterdoe » Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:49 am

I was just kidding :wink: :wink:
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Re: Replevin

Postby LukeJavan8 » Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:05 pm

I knew that, but thought I'd continue the charade. :roll:
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