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uti possidetis

noun uti pos·si·de·tis \ˈyü-tī-ˌpä-sə-ˈdē-təs, ˈü-tē-ˌpȯ-sē-ˈdā-tēs\

Legal Definition of uti possidetis

  1. :  a principle in international law that recognizes a peace treaty between parties as vesting each with the territory and property under its control unless otherwise stipulated

Origin and Etymology of uti possidetis

Late Latin, as you (now) possess (it); from the wording of an interdict in Roman law enjoining both parties in a suit to maintain the status quo until the decision

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capable of being understood in two ways

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