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Latin postliminium, after + a threshold.


postliminium (countable and uncountable, plural postliminia)

  1. (historical, Roman antiquity) 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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Burrill to this entry?)
  2. (law) 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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Kent to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for postliminium in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)