jus soli

noun
jus so·​li | \ ˈyüs-ˈsō-ˌlē How to pronounce jus soli (audio) \

Definition of jus soli

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

Examples of jus soli in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The American legal principle of jus soli means that babies born on US soil automatically gain citizenship. Paul Vercammen, CNN, 16 Dec. 2019 Sociologist John Skrentny theorized that jus soli is strongest in the Western Hemisphere because of the region’s colonial history. Amanda Erickson, The Seattle Times, 30 Oct. 2018 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, 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, 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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The first known use of jus soli was in 1902

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“Jus soli.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jus%20soli. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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jus soli

noun
jus so·​li | \ -ˈsō-ˌlī, -lē How to pronounce jus soli (audio) \

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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