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hostage

noun bond, captive, collateral, guarantee, internee, obses, pledge, political prisoner, prisoner, real security, security
Associated concepts: false imprisonment, kidnapping, ransom

HOSTAGE. A person delivered into the possession of a public enemy in the time of war, as a security for the performance of a contract entered into between the belligerents.
     2. Hostages are frequently given as a security for the payment of a ransom bill, and if they should die, their death would not discharge the contract. 3 Burr. 1734; 1 Kent, Com. 106; Dane's Ab. Index, h.t.

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