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A proclamation or order of government, usually issued in time of war or threatened hostilities, prohibiting the departure of ships or goods from some or all ports until further order. Government order prohibiting commercial trade with individuals or businesses of other specified nations. Legal prohibition on commerce.

The temporary or permanent Sequestration of the property of individuals for the purposes of a government, e.g., to obtain vessels for the transport of troops, the owners being reimbursed for this forced service.


noun authoritative stoppage of trade, ban, bar, control of trade, debarment, denial, detention of ships, disallowance of trade, exclusion from commerce, forbiddance, freeze, governmental order of prohibition, halt, legal restraint, preclusion, prohibition, restraint, restriction, stop, stoppage
Associated concepts: embargo of commerce, embargo of goods, embargo of products
See also: attachment, ban, bar, boycott, check, condemn, debar, enjoin, hindrance, interdict, obstacle, obstruction, prohibit, prohibition, proscribe, proscription, restraint, seclude, veto

EMBARGO, maritime law. A proclamation, or order of state, usually issued in time of war, or threatened hostilities, prohibiting the departure of ships or goods from some, or all the ports of such state, until further order. 2 Wheat. 148.
     2. The detention of ships by an embargo is such an injury to the owner as to entitle him to recover on a policy of insurance against "arrests or detainments." And whether the embargo be legally or illegally laid, the injury to the owner is the same; and the insurer is equally liable for the loss occasioned by it. Marsh. Ins. B. 1, c. 12, s. 5; 1 Kent, Com. 60 1 Bell's Com. 517, 5th ed.
     3. An embargo detaining a vessel at the port of departure, or in the course of the voyage, does not, of itself, work a dissolution of a charter party, or the contract with the seamen. It is only a temporary restraint imposed by authority for legitimate political purposes, which suspends, for a time, the performance of such contracts, and leaves the rights of parties untouched, 1 Bell's Com. 517; 8 T. R. 259; 5 Johns. R. 308; 7 Mass. R. 325, 3 B. & P. 405-434; 4 East, R. 546-566.

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Moreover, the construction of a robust and effective treaty could help to improve state implementation of arms embargoes.
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News embargoes The very idea of them seems to go against the journalistic grain, yet reporters have lived with them for years, mostly in routine fashion.
Technologies and items covered by a specific category that is not under special restrictions, however, may be exported freely, other than to the countries against which the United States maintains comprehensive embargoes.
Brown promised fast action on any future embargoes.
embargoes and, in effect, ease sanctions against communist Cuba.
Even in some of the less extreme circumstances, outside of embargoes, boycotts, wars, diplomatic rows, etc.
Vatican - It is well-known that the Vatican opposes the use of economic embargoes as fruitless endeavours which only hurt civilian populations without bringing about political changes among the elite.
Perhaps it is time for a serious re-think about the effects of embargoes.
And that's one of the problems with embargoes and other sanctions in most instances short of war: They tend to injure the wrong parties.