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 for Contraband of war
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Contraband \Con"tra*band\, n. [It. contrabando; contra + bando
     ban, proclamation: cf. F. contrebande. See Ban an edict.]
     1. Illegal or prohibited traffic.
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              Persons the most bound in duty to prevent
              contraband, and the most interested in the seizures.
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     2. Goods or merchandise the importation or exportation of
        which is forbidden.
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     3. A negro slave, during the Civil War, escaped to, or was
        brought within, the Union lines. Such slave was considered
        contraband of war. [U.S.]
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     Contraband of war, that which, according to international
        law, cannot be supplied to a hostile belligerent except at
        the risk of seizure and condemnation by the aggrieved
        belligerent. --Wharton.
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