international law. In diplomatic language, an envoy is a
of the second rank, on whom his sovereign or government has conferred a
degree of dignity and respectability, which, without being on a level with
an ambassador, immediately follows, and among ministers, yields the
preeminence to him alone.
2. Envoys are either ordinary or extraordinary, by custom the latter is
held in greater consideration. Vattel, liv. 4, c. 6, 72.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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