right of search
right of search definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
the right of a nation at war to stop the merchant ships of neutral nations on the high seas and search them for contraband or the like, the finding of which makes the ship liable to seizure
right of search definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. rights of search
The right of a warring nation to stop a neutral vessel on the high seas and search it for contraband.