homo legalis

noun (1)
ho·​mo le·​ga·​lis | \ ¦hō(ˌ)mōlə̇ˈgalə̇s, -gäl-, -gāl-\

Definition of homo legalis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one whose status as a citizen or member of a community is recognized in law : a legal person

legalis homo

noun (2)
le·​ga·​lis ho·​mo | \ lə̇¦gälə̇sˈhō(ˌ)mō\
plural legales homines\ -​ä(ˌ)lāsˈhȯməˌnās \

Definition of legalis homo (Entry 2 of 2)

: one possessing full legal capacity under Old English law and not debarred of any of his rights in court (as to make oath, testify, and serve as a juror) by outlawry, excommunication, infamy, or disqualification : one within the protection of the law : one standing rectus in curia

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History and Etymology for homo legalis

Noun (1)

Medieval Latin

Noun (2)

Medieval Latin, literally, legal man

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