Anglo-Norman, from Old French replevir ‘recover’, from re- + plevir (apparently from a Germanic word which was also the source of English pledge).
replevin (plural replevins)
- (law) an action to recover personal property unlawfully taken; the writ or procedure of such action
replevin (third-person singular simple present replevins, present participle replevining, simple past and past participle replevined)
- (transitive) to replevy
- 1998, Cormac McCarthy, Cities of the Plain:
- Arranged about her are artificial flowers that appear in their varied pale and pastel colors to be faded from the sun. As if perhaps replevined from some desert grave.