jus soli

jus so·​li | \ˈyüs-ˈsō-ˌlē \

Definition of jus soli 

: a rule that the citizenship of a child is determined by the place of its birth

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At least 30 countries subscribe to the principle of jus soli, wherein a person’s citizenship is based on the territory of his or her birth. Amanda Erickson, The Seattle Times, "Trump says no other country has birthright citizenship. He’s wrong.," 30 Oct. 2018 This is the policy most often followed, though some countries adhere to the alternative concept of jus soli, or right of soil, which confers citizenship on a child according to the location in which they are born. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Happens to Babies Born on Planes," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of jus soli

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jus soli

Latin, right of the soil

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jus soli

jus so·​li | \-ˈsō-ˌlī, -lē \

Legal Definition of jus soli 

: a rule of law that a child's citizenship is determined by his or her place of birth

History and Etymology for jus soli

Latin, right of the soil

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