sui juris

adjective

sui ju·​ris ˌsü-ˌī-ˈju̇r-əs How to pronounce sui juris (audio)
ˌsü-ē-ˈyu̇r-
: having full legal rights or capacity

Word History

Etymology

Latin, of one's own right

First Known Use

1590, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sui juris was in 1590

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Cite this Entry

“Sui juris.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sui%20juris. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition

sui juris

adjective
1
: having full legal capacity to act on one's own behalf : not subject to the authority of another
2
: qualified to enjoy full rights of citizenship (as of holding public office or serving on a jury)
Etymology

Latin, of one's own right

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