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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for safe-conduct

Historical Examples of safe-conduct

  • A safe-conduct to the frontier, and fifty thousand pounds English.

  • 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.

  • "We might arrange with him for the safe-conduct of this gentleman," he suggested.


    Raphael Sabatini

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 (tr)

to conduct (a person) in safety
to give a safe-conduct to
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