Re*cap"tion (?), n. Law
The act of retaking, as of one who has escaped after arrest; reprisal; the retaking of one's own goods, chattels, wife, or children, without force or violence, from one who has taken them and who wrongfully detains them.
Writ of recaption Law, a writ to recover damages for him whose goods, being distrained for rent or service, are distrained again for the same cause.Wharton.
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