bona vacantia

noun plural
bo·​na va·​can·​tia | \ ˈbō-nə-vā-ˈkan-shē-ə \

Legal Definition of bona vacantia

: goods that are unclaimed and without an apparent owner it was trash, in the nature of bona vacantia, which the defendants had abandonedUnited States v. Calise, 217 F. Supp. 705 (1962)

History and Etymology for bona vacantia

Latin, ownerless goods

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“Bona vacantia.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/bona%20vacantia. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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