Capture Law and Legal Definition

Capture is the taking of property by one belligerent from another. To make a good capture of a ship, it must be subdued and taken by an enemy in open war, or by way of reprisals, or by a pirate, and with intent to deprive the owner of it.

Capture is deemed lawful when made by a declared enemy, lawfully commissioned and according to the laws of war. It is unlawful when it is against the rules established by the law of nations.