Right of search
Search Search, n. [Cf. OF. cerche. See {Search}, v. t.] The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry; pursuit for finding something; examination. [1913 Webster]

Thus the orb he roamed With narrow search, and with inspection deep Considered every creature. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Nor did my search of liberty begin Till my black hairs were changed upon my chin. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Right of search} (Mar. Law), the right of the lawfully commissioned cruisers of belligerent nations to examine and search private merchant vessels on the high seas, for the enemy's property or for articles contraband of war.

{Search warrant} (Law), a warrant legally issued, authorizing an examination or search of a house, or other place, for goods stolen, secreted, or concealed. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Scrutiny; examination; exploration; investigation; research; inquiry; quest; pursuit. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • right of search — n. the right of a nation at war to stop the merchant ships of neutral nations on the high seas and search them for contraband or the like, the finding of which makes the ship liable to seizure …   English World dictionary

  • right of search — noun the right of a belligerent to stop neutral ships on the high seas in wartime and search them • Hypernyms: ↑right * * * 1. : the right of a belligerent to stop a merchant vessel of a neutral state on the high seas and make such examination… …   Useful english dictionary

  • right of search — noun the right of a ship of a belligerent state to search a neutral vessel for prohibited goods …   English new terms dictionary

  • right of search — right to conduct a search operation …   English contemporary dictionary

  • right of search — Internat. 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] * * * …   Universalium

  • right of search — noun Law a privilege of a nation at war to search neutral ships on the high seas for contraband or other matters in violation of neutrality which may subject the ship to seizure …   Australian English dictionary

  • right of search — See search; search and seizure …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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