postliminium[pōst′li min′ē əm]
in international law, the rule by which persons or things captured in war resume their original status when restored to the jurisdiction of their own country
Origin of postliminiumClassical Latin a return behind one's threshold ; from post, behind (see post-) + limen, threshold: see limen
- (historical, Roman antiquity) The return to his own country, and his former privileges, of a person who had gone to sojourn in a foreign country, or had been banished, or taken by an enemy.
- (law) The right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former state when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
Latin postliminium, after + a threshold.