postliminy

[pohst-lim-uh-nee]
noun International Law.
  1. the right by which persons and things taken in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.

Origin of postliminy

First recorded in 1650–60, postliminy is from the Latin word postlīminium resumption of rights or recovery of property after return from exile or captivity. See post-, liminal, -ium
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British Dictionary definitions for postliminy

postliminy

postliminium (ˌpəʊstlɪˈmɪnɪəm)

noun plural -inies or -inia (-ɪnɪə)
  1. international law the right by which persons and property seized in war are restored to their former status on recovery

Word Origin for postliminy

C19: (in this sense): from Latin postlīminium a return behind one's threshold, from līmen threshold
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