Definition of nemo dat in English:

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nemo dat

Pronunciation: /ˈnāmō ˈdat/ /ˈnēmō/ /ˈdät/
(in full nemo dat quod non habet)


The basic principle that a person who does not own property, especially a thief, cannot confer it on another except with the true owner’s authority.
Example sentences
  • Thus, the rule nemo dat quod non habet applies to a bill of exchange subject to considerable modifications.
  • And in addition to the essays, a problem question regarding the exceptions to nemo dat (a man can't give good title, unless he has the title to give) and another problem question concerning the Sale of Goods Act.
  • Other Kansas cases also recognize the principle of nemo dat in commercial transactions.


Latin, literally 'no one gives (what he or she does not have)'.

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Syllabification: ne·mo dat

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