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Meaning of hovering act

hov'ering act"

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— Internat. Law. Internat. Law.
  1. an act forbidding or restricting the loitering of foreign or domestic vessels within the prescribed limits of a coastal nation.
  2. an act stipulating that foreign vessels may be boarded and their shipping manifests checked by the appropriate government officials beyond the three-mile limit of a coastal nation.
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