damnosa hereditas

dam·​no·​sa he·​re·​di·​tas
variants: or damnosa haereditas \ dam¦nōsəhəˈredə̇ˌtas \

Definition of damnosa hereditas

1 Roman law : an inheritance from a person who dies insolvent and whose debts the heir is bound to discharge
2 : a harmful or burdensome inheritance a damnosa hereditas from an imperfectly socialized … conditionTimes Literary Supplement

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History and Etymology for damnosa hereditas

Latin, literally, damaging inheritance

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“Damnosa hereditas.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damnosa%20hereditas. Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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