mare liberum


ma·​re li·​be·​rum ˈmär-(ˌ)ā-ˈlē-bə-ˌru̇m How to pronounce mare liberum (audio)
: a navigable body of water (such as a sea) that is open to all nations

Word History


New Latin, literally, free sea

First Known Use

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mare liberum was in 1652

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“Mare liberum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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