safe-conduct

safe-conduct

[seyf-kon-duhkt]
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.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English sauf condut < Middle French sauf-conduit

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

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safe-conduct

procedure by which a person is permitted to enter or leave a jurisdiction in which he would normally be subject to arrest, detention, or other deprivation. Historically, the habit of princes in granting safe-conducts to foreigners who, as aliens, did not ordinarily enjoy the full protection of the host-country's law developed into the system of diplomatic immunity. Similarly, the granting of safe-conducts to protect freedom of commerce was the forerunner of modern treaties of commerce. Whether in modern times the granting by the authorities of a safe-conduct-as, for example, to a person enjoying asylum in a foreign embassy-entails any legal obligation under international or municipal law depends on the circumstances of each case. See also asylum; extraterritoriality.

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