avowry

/avawry/ A common law pleading in the action of replevin, by which the defendant avows, that is, acknowledges and justifies the taking of the distress or property complained of, where he took it in his own right, and sets forth the reason of it; as for rent in arrear, damage done, etc

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • Avowry — A*vow ry, n. [OE. avouerie protection, authority, OF. avouerie. See {Avow} to declare.] 1. An advocate; a patron; a patron saint. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Let God alone be our avowry. Latimer. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of the distrainer of goods,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Avowry — In law, avowry is where one takes a distress for rent or other thing, and the other sues replevin. In which case the taker shall justify, in his plea, for what cause he took it, and if he took it in his own right, is to show it, and so avow the… …   Wikipedia

  • avowry — /euh vow ree/, n., pl. avowries. Law. a plea by a defendant in an action of replevin who admits taking the distrained goods and shows just cause for the taking. [1300 50; ME avowrie < OF avouerie, equiv. to avou(er) to AVOW + erie RY] * * * …   Universalium

  • avowry — noun a) The action of an advowee, advocate or patron b) advocacy, patronage, protection …   Wiktionary

  • avowry — avow·ry …   English syllables

  • avowry — A landlord s common law pleading justifying the distraint of property. 32 Am J1st L & T § 647 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • avowry — au̇(ə)rē, ri noun ( es) Etymology: Middle English avowrie, from Middle French avouerie protection, patronage, from Old French, from avouer to avow + erie ery 1. a. obsolete …   Useful english dictionary

  • avow — /avaw/ In pleading, to acknowledge and justify an act done. To make an avowry. See avowal avowry justification …   Black's law dictionary

  • avow — To declare solemnly; to make avowry. See avowry …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Avow — A*vow , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Avowed} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Avowing}.] [F. avouver, fr. L. advocare to call to (whence the meanings, to call upon as superior; recognize as lord, own, confess); ad + vocare to call. See {Advocate}, {Avouch}.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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