freedom of the seas

noun phrase

Definition of freedom of the seas 

: the right of a merchant ship to travel any waters except territorial waters either in peace or war

First Known Use of freedom of the seas

1917, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of freedom of the seas 

: the right of a merchant ship to travel any waters except territorial waters either in peace or war

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