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

    This term is used in policies of marine insurance, in the clause relating to "arrests, restraints, and detainments." The last two words are construed as equivalents, each meaning the effect of superior force operating directly on the vessel. Schmidt v. Insurance Co., 1 Johns. (N. Y.) 262, 3 Am. Dec. 319; Bradlie v. Insurance Co., 12 Pet. 402, 9 L. Ed. 1123; Simpson V. Insurance Co., Dud. Law (S. Ct) 242.