Legal Definition of ransom
- Money paid to have a kidnapped person released.
Definition of ransom
From the Middle English ransoun, from the Old French ranšon, from the Latin redemption-, redemptio- (see redemption). Entered English ca. the 13th century
- Money paid for the freeing of a hostage.
to ransom (third-person singular simple present ransoms, present participle ransoming, simple past and past participle ransomed)
- (14c) To deliver, especially in context of sin or relevant penalties.
- To pay a price to set someone free from captivity or punishment.
- Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: Tenth Edition 1997
- Alphagram: amnors
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Translation of ransom in Malay
money paid for the freeing of a hostage
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