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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 of freedom of the seas
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for freedom of the seas

freedom of the seas

noun (international law)
the right of ships of all nations to sail the high seas in peacetime
(in wartime) the immunity accorded to neutral ships from attack
the exclusive jurisdiction possessed by a state over its own ships sailing the high seas in peacetime
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