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embargo

An order obstructing or impeding the movement of ships of a foreign power, which can entail preventing them from either leaving or entering a port. In the past, embargoes were associated with anticipating the outbreak of war, but their use is limited today. The term is also employed to describe any attempt to suspend trading with another country, and the imposition of a time and date before which a piece of news cannot be broadcast or published.

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