La palabra del día: Embargo

Masculine noun. In legal Spanish, an embargo is a withholding, locking or seizure of assets by order of a judge or competent authority. E.g.: El tribunal ordenó el embargo de los bienes de la compañía: The court ordered the seizure of the company’s assets. The verb is embargar.
In Politics, an embargo is a prohibition of the trade and transport of weapons or other useful effects for war, decreed by a government or International Organization. E.g.: El embargo de armas amplio contra Somalia todavía está en vigor: The comprehensive arms embargo on Somalia is still in effect.
Another meaning of the word embargo, in desuse, is ‘damage, discomfort’. Sin embargo then can be translated ‘without damage/discomfort’, better know in English as ‘however’. dc

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