|n.||1.||The sending forth or commissioning one person to act for another.|
|2.||A legate, or envoy, and the persons associated with him in his mission; an embassy; or, in stricter usage, a diplomatic minister and his suite; a deputation.|
|3.||The place of business or official residence of a diplomatic minister at a foreign court or seat of government.|
|4.||A district under the jurisdiction of a legate.|
|Noun||1.||legation - the post or office of legate|
|2.||legation - a permanent diplomatic mission headed by a minister|
Synonyms: foreign mission
LEGATION. An embassy; a mission.
2. All persons attached to a foreign legation, lawfully acknowledged by the government of this country, whether they are ambassadors, envoys, ministers, or attaches, are protected by the act of April 30, 1790, 1 Story's L. U. S. 83, from violence, arrest or molestation. 1 Dall. 117; 1 W. C. C. R. 232; 11 Wheat. 467; 2 W. C. C. Rep. 435; 4 W. C. C. R. 531; 1 Miles, 366; 1 N & M. 217; 1 Bald. 240; Wheat. Int. Law, 167. Vide Ambassador; Envoy; Minister.