heres necessarius


he·​res ne·​ces·​sa·​ri·​us
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

Word History


Late Latin, literally, heir of necessity

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“Heres necessarius.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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