[ 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.

Origin of extradition

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

OTHER WORDS FROM extradition

non·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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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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