freedom of the seas

noun International Law.
the doctrine that ships of neutral countries may sail anywhere on the high seas without interference by warring powers.

Origin:
1915–20

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freedom of the seas
 
n
1.  the right of ships of all nations to sail the high seas in peacetime
2.  (in wartime) the immunity accorded to neutral ships from attack
3.  the exclusive jurisdiction possessed by a state over its own ships sailing the high seas in peacetime

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Sixty percent of the world's oceans remain in this zone, where the traditional freedom of the seas still prevails.
The freedom of the seas also means responsible use of the seas, particularly those dangerous straits.
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