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de bene esse

adjective de be·ne es·se \dē-ˈbē-nē-ˈe-sē, di-; dā-ˈbe-ne-ˈe-se\

Legal Definition of de bene esse

  1. :  subject to future exception :  conditional, provisional <depositions de bene esse>

Origin and Etymology of de bene esse

Medieval Latin, literally, of well-being (i.e., morally acceptable, but subject to legal validation)

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