One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of taking back, without legal process, property of one's own that has been wrongfully taken or withheld.
- ‘In the first place, to be subject to recaption the property must be the property of the ‘re-captor,’ and must also be the identical property taken by another, capable of identification, and not other property however similar.’
- ‘In addition, the pilot may rely on what is known as ‘recaption’ as a defence to trespass when entering the land to retrieve the glider.’
Mid 18th century: from Anglo-Latin recaptio(n-), from re- ‘back’ + Latin captio(n-) ‘taking’.
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