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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.
Persons the most bound in duty to prevent
contraband, and the most interested in the seizures.
2. Goods or merchandise the importation or exportation of
which is forbidden.
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.]
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
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