Fugitive Slave Law

Definition of Fugitive Slave Law

Acts of Congress passed in 1793 and 1850 (prior to abolition of slavery) providing for the surrender and deportation of slaves who escaped from their masters and fled into the territory of another state, generally a "free” state.

That's the definition of Fugitive Slave Law in Black's Law Dictionary 6th Edition. Courtesy of Cekhukum.com.