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.

Origin:
1810–20

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right of search
 
n
the right of a belligerent to stop and search neutral merchant ships on the high seas in wartime

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