bonorum possessio

bo·​no·​rum pos·​ses·​sio | \ bəˈnōrəmpəˈzesē(ˌ)ō, bōˈ-, -ˈses- \

Definition of bonorum possessio

Roman law
: the right of possession of the property of a deceased person specifically : the effective right to succeed, which changed the order of succession of the older jus civile, given by the praetor to emancipated children along with descendants in power, to cognatic after agnatic relatives, and last to the surviving spouse

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History and Etymology for bonorum possessio

Latin, possession of goods

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“Bonorum possessio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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