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2 definitions found
 for Right of search
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Search \Search\, n. [Cf. OF. cerche. See Search, v. t.]
     The act of seeking or looking for something; quest; inquiry;
     pursuit for finding something; examination.
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           Thus the orb he roamed
           With narrow search, and with inspection deep
           Considered every creature.               --Milton.
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           Nor did my search of liberty begin
           Till my black hairs were changed upon my chin.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     Right of search (Mar. Law), the right of the lawfully
        commissioned cruisers of belligerent nations to examine
        and search private merchant vessels on the high seas, for
        the enemy's property or for articles contraband of war.
  
     Search warrant (Law), a warrant legally issued, authorizing
        an examination or search of a house, or other place, for
        goods stolen, secreted, or concealed.
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     Syn: Scrutiny; examination; exploration; investigation;
          research; inquiry; quest; pursuit.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  right of search
      n 1: the right of a belligerent to stop neutral ships on the
           high seas in wartime and search them

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