ran·som 1 n: a consideration paid or demanded for the release of someone or something from captivity see also kidnapping
ransom 2 vt: to free from captivity by paying a price
rape 1 vt raped, rap·ing [Latin rapere to seize and take away by force]: to commit rape on
rap·er n
rap·ist n
rape 2 n: unlawful sexual activity and usu. sexual intercourse carried out forcibly or under threat of injury against the will usu. of a female or with a person who is beneath a certain age or incapable of valid consent because of mental illness, mental deficiency, intoxication, unconsciousness, or deception see also statutory rape
◇ The common-law crime of rape involved a man having carnal knowledge of a woman not his wife through force and against her will, and required at least slight penetration of the penis into the vagina. While some states maintain essentially this definition of rape, most have broadened its scope esp. in terms of the sex of the persons and the nature of the acts involved. Marital status is usu. irrelevant. Moreover, the crime is codified under various names, including first degree sexual assault sexual battery unlawful sexual intercourse, and first degree sexual abuse.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun cost of reclamation, cost of recovery, deliverance, extrication, pretium, price of redemption, price of retaking, price of retrieval, redemption, rescue II index blackmail, extricate, free, pay, redeem (repurchase), rescue

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A sum of money or other valuable item demanded for the release of a prisoner, especially a kidnapped person.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1) As a noun, money paid to, or demanded by, someone in exchange for the release of a kidnapped person or stolen property.
2) As a verb, ransom may refer to either end of the transaction — that is, it may mean to demand payment for release of a person held captive, or it may mean to pay money in exchange for the release of the person held captive.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 n. The money paid to secure the release of a person held captive, whether as a result of having been kidnapped or captured in some other way; the release of a captured person in exchange for money or other consideration.
2 v. To gain the release of a captive by paying the price demanded; to hold a person captive and insist on payment as the condition of release.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   1) n. money paid to a kidnapper in demand for the release of the person abducted. Ransom money can also be paid to return a valuable object such as a stolen painting.
   2) v. to pay money to an abductor to return the person held captive.
   See also: abduction, kidnapping

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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