terra nullius

terra nul·​li·​us | \ ˌterənəˈlēəs, -ˈnu̇lē- \

Definition of terra nullius

: territory not annexed by any nation the greater portion of Antarctica … is still terra nullius— L. M. Gould

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History and Etymology for terra nullius

New Latin, literally, nobody's land

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“Terra nullius.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terra%20nullius. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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