letter of marque
letter of marque see letter 2

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

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  • letter-of-marque — see under ↑marque2 • • • Main Entry: ↑letter letter of marqueˈ or letters of marqueˈ A privateer s licence to commit acts of hostility • • • Main Entry: ↑marque …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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 — let′ter (or let′ters) of marque′ n. gov license granted by a state to a private citizen to capture and confiscate the merchant ships of another nation. Also called let′ter of marque′ and repris′al • Etymology: 1400–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • 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 of marque — noun a) an official commission from a government authorizing someone to seize the property or people of another nation; especially to attack merchant shipping of another nation b) a ship that has been …   Wiktionary

  • LETTER OF MARQUE —    a commission to the captain of a merchant ship or a privateer to make reprisals on an enemy s ships or property …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • 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

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