- a spoliating or being spoliated; robbery; plundering
- the act of spoiling or damaging
- Law the destruction or alteration of a document by an unauthorized person
Origin of spoliationMiddle English spoliacioun ; from Classical Latin spoliatio: see spoil
- The act of despoiling or plundering.
- Seizure of neutral vessels at sea by a belligerent power in time of war.
- Law Unauthorized alteration or destruction of a legal document, such as a contract or will.
Origin of spoliationMiddle English spoliacioun, from Anglo-Norman, from Latin spoliati&omacron;, spoliati&omacron;n-, from spoliatus, past participle of spoliare, to despoil; see spoil.
From Latin spoliatio
spoliation - Legal Definition
- The intentional destruction, mutilation, concealment, or alteration of (usually documentary) evidence. If proven, spoliation may help to establish that the evidence was detrimental to the party responsible for it.
- Pillaging or destroying real or personal property by violence.
- The taking of a profit or other gain that properly should go to another.