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safe-conduct

[seyf-kon-duhkt]
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noun
  1. a document authorizing safe passage through a region, especially in time of war.
  2. this privilege.
  3. the act of conducting in safety.
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Origin of safe-conduct

1250–1300; Middle English sauf condut < Middle French sauf-conduit
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Related Words

ticketacceptancepassingratificationlegislationestablishmentlicensekeypermitwarrantauthorizationvisachartergo-aheadpermissionpatentconsentgrantpassportprivilege

Examples from the Web for safe-conduct

Historical Examples

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

    The Prisoner of Zenda

    Anthony Hope

  • 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.

    Love-at-Arms

    Raphael Sabatini


British Dictionary definitions for safe-conduct

safe-conduct

noun
  1. a document giving official permission to travel through a region, esp in time of war
  2. the protection afforded by such a document
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verb (tr)
  1. to conduct (a person) in safety
  2. to give a safe-conduct to
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