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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.
1810-20 Unabridged
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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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