right of search

noun International Law.

the privilege of a nation at war to search neutral ships on the high seas for contraband or other matter, carried in violation of neutrality, that may subject the ship to seizure.

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  9. right on,
  10. right out

Origin of right of search

First recorded in 1810–20

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British Dictionary definitions for right of search

right of search


the right of a belligerent to stop and search neutral merchant ships on the high seas in wartime
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