A form of retorsion, being the act of a sovereign state, taken short of war, in retaliation against another nation for what it deems to be a wrong committed against it by the other nation, as where a nation seizes property of another nation which has refused to pay a debt to it, to repair an injury, or give adequate satisfaction for it, such property to be finally confiscated for want of satisfaction of the debt or the giving of compensation for the injury. 30 Am J Rev ed Internat L § 53. A remedy, also known as "recaption," by the mere act of the party injured, where another person has wrongfully deprived him of his goods or chattels, or wrongfully detains his wife, child, or servant. In such case, the owner of the goods, or the husband, parent, or master may lawfully claim and retake them wherever he happens to find them, provided he does so in a manner not riotous, and without a breach of the peace. Prigg v Pennsylvania (US) 16 Pet 539, 613, 10 L Ed 1060, 1088. See letters of marque and reprisal.

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