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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The legal right of a belligerent to seize, use, or destroy the property of a neutral, provided that full compensation is made.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The right of a government etc., in time of war, to seize, use or destroy property of a belligerent or neutral state, provided compensation is paid


Late Latin angaria, service to a lord, from Greek angareia, impressment for public service, from angaros, conscript courier.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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