letter of marque(redirected from Letters of mark and reprisal)
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Related to Letters of mark and reprisal: writ of habeas corpus, Obligation of contracts, Duty of Tonnage
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letters of marque
nAlso called: letter of marque and reprisal
1. a licence granted by a state to a private citizen to arm a ship and seize merchant vessels of another nation
2. a similar licence issued by a nation allowing a private citizen to seize goods or citizens of another nation
(or let′ters) of marque′,
license granted by a state to a private citizen to capture and confiscate the merchant ships of another nation. Also called let′ter of marque′ and repris′al.