res communes

plural noun

res com·​mu·​nes
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

Word History


Late Latin, literally, common things

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“Res communes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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