extradition

noun
ex·​tra·​di·​tion | \ ˌek-strə-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce extradition (audio) \

Definition of extradition

: the surrender of an alleged criminal usually under the provisions of a treaty or statute by one authority (such as a state) to another having jurisdiction to try the charge

Examples of extradition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Suspect is arrested in Arizona and faces extradition to Utah. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 He is jailed in India on charges and faces extradition to the U.S. when that case is resolved. Ben Fox, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Apr. 2021 Japan has put Ghosn on Interpol’s wanted list, but Lebanon has no extradition treaty with Japan. NBC News, 22 Mar. 2021 The highly colorful antivirus magnate was arrested in Spain and faces extradition. David Meyer, Fortune, 6 Oct. 2020 Japan has put Ghosn on Interpol’s wanted list, but Lebanon has no extradition treaty with Japan. NBC News, 22 Mar. 2021 Lebanon doesn’t have an extradition treaty with Japan. Sean Mclain, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2021 The plan involved whisking Ghosn on a bullet train from Tokyo to an airport with lighter security in Osaka before taking him by private jet to Turkey and then to Lebanon, which does not have an extradition treaty with Japan. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 2 Mar. 2021 He was arrested in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Monday at the request of the United States under an extradition treaty, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan said. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of extradition

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for extradition

French, from ex- + Latin tradition-, traditio act of handing over — more at treason

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The first known use of extradition was in 1810

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8 Jun 2021

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“Extradition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extradition. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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extradition

noun
ex·​tra·​di·​tion | \ ˌek-strə-ˈdi-shən How to pronounce extradition (audio) \

Legal Definition of extradition

: the surrender of an accused usually under the provisions of a treaty or statute by one sovereign (as a state or nation) to another that has jurisdiction to try the accused and that has demanded his or her return — see also asylum state — compare detainer, rendition

Note: Article IV of the U.S. Constitution states: “A person charged in any State with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice, and be found in another State, shall on demand of the executive authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having jurisdiction of the crime.”

History and Etymology for extradition

French, from Latin ex- out + traditio act of handing over, from tradere to hand over

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