res nullius

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin rēs nūllīus (nobody's thing).

Noun[edit]

res nullius

  1. (law) Something that has no owner and is not subject to the jurisdiction of any state, but is susceptible to national appropriation.

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References[edit]

  • A Law Dictionary: Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America, John Bouvier, Childs & Peterson: 1856.[1]