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(Civil law) An action seeking the division of common property. An action for the division of a subject held by several proprietors in joint property. When one of the joint proprietors gathered the fruits of the subject, he was bound to account for them to the others, who, in their turn, were bound to relieve him of a share of the expense of management. These obligations gave rise to this action, which is similar in principle to that known in Scotland as an action of division of commonty. 

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