quiritarian

adjective quir·i·tar·i·an \¦kwirə¦terēən\

Definition of quiritarian

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or constituting the old law of Rome as distinguished from the law introduced by the praetor on equitable principles

  2. 2 :  conforming to or enforced by the quiritarian law :  legal as opposed to equitable or beneficial

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Origin and Etymology of quiritarian

Medieval Latin quiritarius of Roman civil law (from Latin Quirit-, Quiris Roman citizen—probably from (assumed) Old Latin coviriom assemblage of citizens, from Latin co- + -virius, from vir man—+ -arius -ary) + English -an — more at virile


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