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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  {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  measure  superseded  by  other  remedies.