filius nullius

noun

fi·​li·​us nul·​li·​us
ˈfi-lē-əs-ˈnə-lē-əs, -nə-ˈlī-əs; ˈfē-lē-u̇s-ˈnu̇-lē-u̇s
: an illegitimate child : bastard

called also filius populi

Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin, literally, no one's son

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“Filius nullius.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/filius%20nullius. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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