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ransom

1) n. money paid to a kidnapper in demand for the release of the person abducted. Ransom money can also be paid to return a valuable object such as a stolen painting. 2) v. to pay money to an abductor to return the person held captive. (See: kidnapping, abduction)

ransom

noun cost of reclamation, cost of recovery, deliverance, extrication, pretium, price of redemption, price of retaking, price of retrieval, redemption, rescue
See also: blackmail, extricate, free, pay, redeem, rescue

RANSOM, contracts, war. An agreement made between the commander of a capturing vessel with the commander of a vanquished vessel, at sea, by which the former permits the latter to depart with his vessel, and gives him a safe conduct, in consideration of a sum of money, which the commander of the vanquished vessel, in his own name, and in the name of the owners of his vessel and cargo, promises to pay at a future time named, to the other.
     2. This contract is usually made in writing in duplicate, one of which is kept by the vanquished vessel which is its safe conduct; and the other by the conquering vessel, which is properly called ransom bill.
     3. This contract, when made in good faith, and not locally prohibited, is valid, and may be enforced. Such contracts have never been prohibited in this country. 1 Kent, Com. 105. In England they are generally forbidden. Chit. Law of Nat. 90 91; Poth. Tr. du Dr. de Propr. n. 127. Vide 2 Bro. Civ. Law, 260; Wesk. 435; 7 Com. Dig. 201; Marsh. Ins. 431; 2 Dall. 15; 15 John. 6; 3 Burr. 1734. The money paid for the redemption of such property is also called the ransom.

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The girl went missing on February 26 and her parents, through different means, paid more than 200, 000 rupees as ransom for her release.
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Ahmed Noon recovered the ransom amount from them which has been handed over to the father of abducted person.
Those holding the computers to ransom demand payment - usually through an online system such as Bitcoin - in order to make the computers usable again.
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When Ransom learns he is in space, he initially panics, but soon he is comforted by the feeling that "the very name 'Space' seemed a blasphemous libel for this empyrean ocean of radiance in which they swam" (OSP 34).
Hours after Ramelli and Marzullo stepped off a plane in Rome, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told the lower house of Parliament the reports of a ransom "were void of any basis in reality" and expressed surprise "that these sources were given credit without any verification.
However Italian media quoted Arab reports suggesting a ransom of 12 million euros ($14 million) may have been paid to al Qaeda's Syrian wing, the Nusra Front.
Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, in a resolution, said government should conduct a probe and come up with necessary legislation into the reported payment of P250 million (Dhs 20,420,863) ransom for German couple Stefan Viktor Okonek and Henrike Dielen last October.