blackmail
black·mail /'blak-ˌmāl/ n [originally, payment extorted from farmers in Scotland and northern England, from black + dialectal mail payment, rent]: extortion or coercion by often written threats esp. of public exposure, physical harm, or criminal prosecution
blackmail vt
black·mail·er /-ˌmā-lər/ n

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

blackmail
I noun exaction, extortion, hush money, illegal compulsion, oppressive exaction, protection, ransom, shakedown, taking by undue exercise of power II index coercion, compel, extort, extortion, graft, hush money, threaten

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


blackmail
n.
Demanding money in exchange for performing a duty or under threat of revealing injurious information or causing injury to one’s person or property; extortion.
v.
blackmail

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


blackmail
in English law, under the Theft Act 1968, a person is guilty of blackmail if, with a view to gain for himself or another or with intent to cause loss to another, he makes any unwarranted demand with menaces and for this purpose menaces are unwarranted unless the person making it does so in the belief that he had reasonable grounds for making the demand and that the use of menaces is a proper means of reinforcing the demand: R v . Garwood [1987] 1 WLR 319. For Scotland, See extortion.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


blackmail
An unjustified demand, threatening to reveal embarrassing, disgraceful, or damaging facts (or rumors) about a person to the public, family, spouse, or associates unless paid off to not carry out the threat. Blackmail is charged under the crime of extortion.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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


blackmail

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


blackmail
The crime involving a threat for purposes of compelling a person to do an act against his or her will, or for purposes of taking the person's money or property.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


blackmail
The crime involving a threat for purposes of compelling a person to do an act against his or her will, or for purposes of taking the person's money or property.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

blackmail
n.
   the crime of threatening to reveal embarrassing, disgraceful or damaging facts (or rumors) about a person to the public, family, spouse or associates unless paid off to not carry out the threat. It is one form of extortion (which may include other threats such as physical harm or damage to property).
   See also: extortion

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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