capitis deminutio


ca·​pi·​tis de·​mi·​nu·​tio
plural capitis deminutiones
Roman law
: impairment of legal status or civil capacity before the strict law through loss of freedom, citizenship, or family membership

Word History


Latin, literally, diminution of life

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“Capitis deminutio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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