One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Roman Law. The right of a banished person or captive to resume civic privileges and former rights on return from exile (historical in later use). Hence International Law: the restoration to their former status of persons and things taken in war.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Phillips (b. 1630), writer and biographer. From classical Latin postliminium postliminium; compare -y.
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