heres necessarius

he·​res ne·​ces·​sa·​ri·​us | \ ˈhāˌrāˌsnekəˈsärēəs\

Definition of heres necessarius

Roman law
: a slave who is instituted by his master as his heir and who upon his master's death automatically attains his freedom and becomes his heir

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History and Etymology for heres necessarius

Late Latin, literally, heir of necessity

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