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 The new extradition bill would be voted on the next day, and activists were calling for protests. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 The Hong Kong government officially withdrew the extradition bill in October 2019. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 In return for pleading not guilty -- but admitting to misleading HSBC Bank about the company's relationship with an Iranian subsidiary, Skycom -- the US would suspend an extradition request with Canada. Michael Bociurkiw, CNN, 28 Sep. 2021 Michael Kovrig, a Canadian diplomat on leave, and businessman Michael Spavor were detained by Chinese authorities on the same day in December 2018, shortly after Ms. Meng was arrested in Vancouver on an extradition request from the U.S. Chao Deng, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 Kovrig, a former diplomat turned analyst, and Spavor, an entrepreneur, were detained in China in December 2018 in separate cases widely seen as retaliation against Canada for Meng’s arrest days earlier in Vancouver on a U.S. extradition request. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 The men were detained in China in Dec. 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer and the daughter of the company's founder, on a U.S. extradition request. Rob Gillies, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 Sep. 2021 Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arrested in China in December 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer and the daughter of the company’s founder, on a U.S. extradition request. NBC News, 25 Sep. 2021 The men were arrested in China in December 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Meng on a U.S. extradition request. CBS News, 25 Sep. 2021

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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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18 Oct 2021

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“Extradition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extradition. Accessed 24 Oct. 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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