Legal Definition and Related Resources of Seizure

Meaning of Seizure

The forcible taking of possession of anything. It is an act done by a person having authority , distinctly indicating his intention to exclude others from the possession of a thing and asserting such possession in himself. The term denotes a forcible Dispossession of the owner . See Hale v Henkel Co., 201 U.S. 43, 26 S.Ct. 370, 50 L.Ed. 652.

Seizure Alternative Definition

In practice. A forcible taking possession. 62 L. J. Q. B. 343; 10 Q. B. D. 432. The act of taking possession of the property of a person condemned by the judgment of a competent tribunal to pay a certain sum of money, by a sheriff, constable, or other officer lawfully authorized thereto, by virtue of an execution, for the purpose of having such property sold according to law to satisfy the judgment. The taking possession of goods for a violation of a public law; as, the taking possession of a ship for attempting an illicit trade. 2 Cranch (U. S.) 187; 4 Wheat. (U. S. 100); 1 Gall. (U. S.) 75; 2 Wash. C. C. (U. S.) 127, 567; 6 Cow, (N. Y.) 404.

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Translate Search and Seizure from English to Spanish

Translation of Search and Seizure, with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Registro e incautación and other legal terms is available here.

Translate Unlawful Seizure from English to Spanish

Translation of Unlawful Seizure, with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Incautamiento ilegal and other legal terms is available here.

Translate Seizure from English to Spanish

Translation of Seizure , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Decomiso and other legal terms is available here.


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Meaning of Seizure in Spanish

Description/ translation of seizure into Spanish: aprehensión, decomiso (de lo adquirido ilegalmente), embargo[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where seizure belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Seizure published by Antonio Peñaranda




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