letter of marque and reprisal


letter of marque and reprisal
An authorization formerly granted in time of war by a government to the owner of a private vessel to capture enemy vessels and goods on the high seas. Art. I, Sec. 8 of U.S.Const. The signatory powers to the Declaration of Paris in 1856 agreed to stop issuing such authorizations

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • letter of marque and reprisal — An authorization formerly granted in time of war by a government to the owner of a private vessel to capture enemy vessels and goods on the high seas. Art. I, Sec. 8 of U.S.Const. The signatory powers to the Declaration of Paris in 1856 agreed to …   Black's law dictionary

  • letter of mark and reprisal — noun a license to a private citizen to seize property of another nation • Syn: ↑letter of marque, ↑letters of marque • Hypernyms: ↑license, ↑licence, ↑permit …   Useful english dictionary

  • Letters of marque and reprisal — Marque Marque, n. [F. marque, in lettre de marque letter of marque, a commission with which the commandant of every armed vessel was obliged to be provided, under penalty of being considered a pirate or corsair; marque here prob. meaning, border …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Letter of marque — For the Patrick O Brian novel, see The Letter of Marque. Letter of marque given to Captain Antoine Bollo via the ship owner Dominique Malfino from Genoa, owner of the Furet, a 15 tonne privateer, 27 February 1809 In the days of fighting sail, a… …   Wikipedia

  • letter of marque — license or commission granted by a state to a private citizen to capture and confiscate the merchant ships of another nation. Also, letters of marque. Also called letter of marque and reprisal, letters of marque and reprisal. [1400 50; late ME] * …   Universalium

  • letter of marque — noun licence or commission granted by a state to a private citizen to capture and confiscate merchant ships of another nation. Also, letter of marque and reprisal …   Australian English dictionary

  • letter of marque — noun a license to a private citizen to seize property of another nation • Syn: ↑letters of marque, ↑letter of mark and reprisal • Hypernyms: ↑license, ↑licence, ↑permit …   Useful english dictionary

  • letter of marque — noun historical a licence to fit out an armed vessel and use it in the capture of enemy merchant shipping and to commit acts which would otherwise have constituted piracy. Origin ME: Law Fr. marque, from OFr. marque right of reprisal …   English new terms dictionary

  • letter — let·ter n 1: a direct written statement addressed to an individual or organization; broadly: an official communication see also counterletter determination letter: a letter from an administrative agency (as the Internal Revenue Service) usu. in… …   Law dictionary

  • Marque — Marque, n. [F. marque, in lettre de marque letter of marque, a commission with which the commandant of every armed vessel was obliged to be provided, under penalty of being considered a pirate or corsair; marque here prob. meaning, border,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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