from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The return to his own country, and his former privileges, of a person who had gone to sojourn in a foreign country, or had been banished, or taken by an enemy.
  • n. The right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former state when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as postliminy.


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  • May, 1492, in virtue of the Apostolic commission of Innocent VIII granted on 4 August, 1486, restoring, by right of postliminium, the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 16 [Supplement]

  • This term is derived from 'limen' and 'post,' which explains why we say that the person who has been captured by the enemy and has come back into our territories has returned by postliminium: for just as the threshold forms the boundary of a house, so the ancients represented the boundaries of the empire as

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • A captive who is recovered after a victory over the enemy is deemed to have returned by postliminium.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • One made, however, while he was in his own state is valid, if he returns, by the law of postliminium; if he dies in captivity it is valid by the lex Cornelia.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • So too, if a son or a grandson is captured by the enemy, the power of his ascendant is provisionally suspended, though he may again be subjected to it by postliminium.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • Thus postliminium means that the captive returns by the same threshold at which he was lost.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • O glad and joyful return; "O postliminium gratiosum."

    The Love of Books: the Philobiblon of Richard de Bury

  • _postliminium_, the junior branch had ceased to cherish the honor of a descent which was now divided from all direct advantage.

    Biographical Essays

  • 2 On the capture of a guardian by the enemy, the same statutes regulated the appointment of a substitute, who continued in office until the return of the captive; for if he returned, he recovered the guardianship by the law of postliminium.

    The Institutes of Justinian

  • 4 Sometimes, however, a family heir succeeds in this way to his parent, even though not in the latter's power at the time of his decease, as where a person returns from captivity after his father's death, this being the effect of the law of postliminium.

    The Institutes of Justinian


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