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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

: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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