Reprisal Law and Legal Definition

Generally, reprisal means the retaliation for an injury with the intention of inflicting as much injury in return. Reprisal is a term used in the international law in the context of war. It also consists in the forcible taking of things that belongs to an offending state or its subjects and holding them until a satisfactory reparation is made for the alleged injury. Reprisals can be divided into general reprisal, special reprisal, positive reprisal and negative reprisal. Reprisal affects the person as well as property of the subjects of the government against which they are granted. However, in modern times, they are chiefly confined to goods.