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 The extradition argument between countries (France and Ireland); the intrusions into her family’s trauma. John Anderson, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 Any extradition hearings will be held in San Mateo County, officials said. Daedan Olander, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 July 2022 The United States and Lebanon do not have an extradition agreement. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 26 July 2022 Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office said in a statement late Friday that Caro Quintero was arrested for extradition to the U.S. and would be held at the maximum security Altiplano prison about 50 miles west of Mexico City. Mark Stevenson, BostonGlobe.com, 16 July 2022 The United States will seek immediate extradition, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday night. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 16 July 2022 American diplomats kept pressuring their Mexican counterparts to sign extradition treaties, which would return runaway slaves to their owners, but Mexico flatly refused—in 1850, 1851, 1853 and 1857. Scott Dalton, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 July 2022 Lanoue had not yet entered a plea and is pending extradition from his hometown in Nevada. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 11 July 2022 The United States is seeking Assange’s extradition from the United Kingdom for his alleged role in helping to steal classified US diplomatic materials and military files. John Hilliard, BostonGlobe.com, 29 May 2022 See More

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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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“Extradition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extradition. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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