|n.||1.||The release of a captive, or of captured property, by payment of a consideration; redemption; |
|2.||The money or price paid for the redemption of a prisoner, or for goods captured by an enemy; payment for freedom from restraint, penalty, or forfeit.|
|3.||(O. Eng. Law) A sum paid for the pardon of some great offense and the discharge of the offender; also, a fine paid in lieu of corporal punishment.|
|v. t.||1.||To redeem from captivity, servitude, punishment, or forfeit, by paying a price; to buy out of servitude or penalty; to rescue; to deliver; |
|2.||To exact a ransom for, or a payment on.|
|Noun||1.||ransom - money demanded for the return of a captured person|
Synonyms: ransom money
|2.||ransom - payment for the release of someone|
|3.||ransom - the act of freeing from captivity or punishment|
|Verb||1.||ransom - exchange or buy back for money; under threat|
RANSOM, contracts, war. An agreement made between the commander of a
capturing vessel with the commander of a vanquished vessel, at sea, by which
the former permits the latter to depart with his vessel, and gives him a
safe conduct, in consideration of a sum of money, which the commander of the
vanquished vessel, in his own name, and in the name of the owners of his
vessel and cargo, promises to pay at a future time named, to the other.
2. This contract is usually made in writing in duplicate, one of which is kept by the vanquished vessel which is its safe conduct; and the other by the conquering vessel, which is properly called ransom bill.
3. This contract, when made in good faith, and not locally prohibited, is valid, and may be enforced. Such contracts have never been prohibited in this country. 1 Kent, Com. 105. In England they are generally forbidden. Chit. Law of Nat. 90 91; Poth. Tr. du Dr. de Propr. n. 127. Vide 2 Bro. Civ. Law, 260; Wesk. 435; 7 Com. Dig. 201; Marsh. Ins. 431; 2 Dall. 15; 15 John. 6; 3 Burr. 1734. The money paid for the redemption of such property is also called the ransom.