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ransom :: legal definition

Ransom - 1) n. money paid to a kidnapper in demand for the release of the person abducted. Ransom money can also be paid to return a valuable object such as a stolen painting. 2) v. to pay money to an abductor to return the person held captive.

See also: abduction kidnapping and Related Law Terms ↓

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