Definition of RETORSION


RETORSION

war. The name of the act employed by a government to
impose the same hard treatment on the citizens or subjects of a state, that the
latter has used towards the citizens or subjects of the former, for the purpose
of obtaining the removal of obnoxious measures. Vattel, liv. 2, c. 18,
§341; De Martens, Precis, liv. 8, c. 2, §254; Kluber, Droit dos Gens,
s. 2 c. 1, §234; Mann. Comm. 105.


2. Retorsion signifies also the act by which an individual returns to
his adversary evil for evil; as, if Peter call Paul thief, and Paul says you
are a greater thief.




Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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