Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Removal from the country as a punishment for crime.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In criminal law. A punishment inflicted upon criminals, by compelling them to quit a city, place or country for a specified period of time or for life. See Cooper v. Telfair, 4 Dali. 14, 1 In Ed. 721; People v. Potter, 1 Park. Cr. R. (N. Y.) 54. It is inflicted principally upon political offenders,1 "transportation" being the word used to express a similar punishment of ordinary criminals. Banishment, however, merely forbids the return of the person banished before the expiration of the sentence, while transportation involves the idea of deprivation of liberty after the convict arrives at the place to which he has been carried. Rap. & L.