res communes

plural noun
res com·​mu·​nes | \ ˌrāskəˈmüˌnās, ˌrēzkəˈmyü(ˌ)nēz \

Definition of res communes

Roman & civil law
: things owned by no one and subject to use by all : things (as light, air, the sea, running water) incapable of entire exclusive appropriation

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History and Etymology for res communes

Late Latin, literally, common things

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“Res communes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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