postliminium[pōst′li min′ē əm]
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.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Latin postliminium, after + a threshold.