Contraband of war
Contraband Con"tra*band, n. [It. contrabando; contra + bando ban, proclamation: cf. F. contrebande. See {Ban} an edict.] 1. Illegal or prohibited traffic. [1913 Webster]

Persons the most bound in duty to prevent contraband, and the most interested in the seizures. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

2. Goods or merchandise the importation or exportation of which is forbidden. [1913 Webster]

3. A negro slave, during the Civil War, escaped to, or was brought within, the Union lines. Such slave was considered contraband of war. [U.S.] [1913 Webster]

{Contraband of war}, that which, according to international law, cannot be supplied to a hostile belligerent except at the risk of seizure and condemnation by the aggrieved belligerent. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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