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Latin. This was an action given to creditors by which they could recover property alienated by their debtor in fraud of their rights, and was competent against persons acquiring the property by a title importing clear gain, but not against a purchaser for a valuable consideration, unless he was aware of the fraud. This action could either be brought as a real action, for recovery of the property itself, or as a personal action for its value, the former proceeding upon the fiction that the property had never been duly delivered, and had, therefore, always remained among the goods of the debtor, into possession of which the creditors had been put. This action acquired its name from the Praetor Paulus who introduced it. 

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