[ ek-struh-dish-uh n ]
/ ˌɛk strəˈdɪʃ ən /


the procedure by which a state or nation, upon receipt of a formal request by another state or nation, turns over to that second jurisdiction an individual charged with or convicted of a crime in that jurisdiction.

Nearby words

  1. extractor fan,
  2. extracurricular,
  3. extracystic,
  4. extraditable,
  5. extradite,
  6. extrados,
  7. extradosed,
  8. extradural,
  9. extradural hemorrhage,
  10. extraembryonic

Origin of extradition

From French, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at ex-1, tradition

Related formsnon·ex·tra·di·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for extradition


/ (ˌɛkstrəˈdɪʃən) /


the surrender of an alleged offender or fugitive to the state in whose territory the alleged offence was committed

Word Origin for extradition

C19: from French, from Latin trāditiō a handing over; see tradition

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Word Origin and History for extradition



1833, from French extradition (18c.), apparently a coinage of Voltaire's, from Latin ex "out" (see ex-) + traditionem (nominative traditio) "a delivering up, handing over," noun of action from tradere "to hand over" (see tradition).

This word might be adopted in our language with advantage, as we have none which conveys the same meaning. Extradition signifies the delivering up of criminals who may have sought refuge in any country, to the government whose subjects they are, on a claim being made to this effect. [from a footnote to the word extradition in translation of "Memoirs of Marshal Ney," London, 1833]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for extradition


[ (ek-struh-dish-uhn) ]

The legal process by which one government may obtain custody of individuals from another government in order to put them on trial or imprison them.

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