Legal Definition and Related Resources of Ransom

Meaning of Ransom

The price of redemption of a captive or prisoner of war or for the pardon of some great offense . In modern usage the term denotes the money demanded or extorted for the release of a kidnapped person or stolen valuable property .

Ransom Alternative Definition

A price of redemption of a captive or prisoner of war, or of captured property. In Old Eng,lish Law. A price paid for the pardon of some great offense. It differs from amercement in that it excuses from corporal punishment. Cowell.

Synonyms of Ransom


  • cost of reclamation
  • cost of recovery
  • deliverance
  • extrication
  • pretium
  • price of redemption
  • price of retaking
  • price of retrieval
  • redemption
  • rescue

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Kidnap, Separate Property.


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