Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A writ to take one out of the sheriff’s custody on giving security.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    (Lat For replevying a man.) A writ which lies to replevy a man out of prison or out of the custody of a private person, upon giving security to the sheriff that the man shall be forthcoming to answer any charge against him. Fitzh. Nat. Brev. 66 ; 3 Bl. Comm. 129. This writ has been superseded almost wholly, in modern practice, by that of habeas corpus; but it is still used, in some of the states, in an amended and altered form. See 1 Kent, Comm. 404; 34 Me, 136.