civil and French law. An action by which a man
demands a thing of which he claims to be owner. It applies to immovables as
well as movables; to corporeal or encorporeal things. Merlin, Repert. h. t.
2. By the civil law, he who has sold goods for cash or on credit may
demand them back from the purchaser, if the purchase-money is not paid
according to contract. The action of revendication is used for this purpose.
See an attempt to introduce the principle of revendication into our law, in 2
Hall s Law Journal, 181.
3. Revendication, in another sense, corresponds, very nearly, to the
stoppage in transitu (q. v.) of the common law. It is used in that sense in the
Code de Commerce, art. 577. Revendication, says that article, can take place
only when the goods sold are on the way to their place of destination, whether
by land or water, and before they have been received into the warehouse of the
insolvent, (failli,) or that of his factor or agent, authorized to sell them on
account of the insolvent. See Dig. 14, 4, 15;Dig. 18, 1, 19, 53; Dig. 19, f,
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition