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[seyf-kon-duhkt] /ˈseɪfˈkɒn dʌkt/
a document authorizing safe passage through a region, especially in time of war.
this privilege.
the act of conducting in safety.
Origin of safe-conduct
1250-1300; Middle English sauf condut < Middle French sauf-conduit Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for safe-conduct
Historical Examples
  • A safe-conduct to the frontier, and fifty thousand pounds English.

    The Prisoner of Zenda Anthony Hope
  • He had procured that very morning the safe-conduct that was required for the journey.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • If your lordship will promise liberty and safe-conduct to my sister and myself.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • On November 13 Cesare was ready to leave Rome; but no safe-conduct had arrived.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • "We might arrange with him for the safe-conduct of this gentleman," he suggested.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • There Gonsalvo broke the safe-conduct which he had given Cæsar.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • He had a safe-conduct, which even so powerful a prince as CharlesV.

  • "Under the safe-conduct of the king," she said, with a look full of tenderness.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • When the Emperor heard his safe-conduct had been disgracefully broken, he blustered.

    John Hus William Dallmann
  • A safe-conduct had to be obtained from the King of France, in May.

    The White Rose of Langley Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for safe-conduct


a document giving official permission to travel through a region, esp in time of war
the protection afforded by such a document
verb (transitive)
to conduct (a person) in safety
to give a safe-conduct to
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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