res nullius

noun

res nul·​li·​us
ˌrāsnəˈlēəs,
rāˈsnu̇lē-;
ˌrēznəˈlīəs,
rēzˈnəlēəs
1
: a thing belonging to no one whether because never appropriated (as a wild animal) or because abandoned by its owner but acquirable by appropriation
2
: property not subject to private ownership under Roman law

Word History

Etymology

Late Latin, literally, thing of no one

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“Res nullius.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/res%20nullius. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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