Blackmail Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Blackmail, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Blackmail?

(n) Blackmail is method of influencing a person by resorting or threatening to do harm to a connected person or property so as to compel him to do or not to do certain acts which he would not have done without such compulsion. Eg. Kidnapping for ransom.