Definition of bona vacantia in English:
noun[mass noun] Law
(In the UK) goods without an apparent owner, such as treasure trove or the estate of a person dying intestate and without heirs, to which the Crown may have right.
- The Crown's claim to bona vacantia was represented by the Treasury Solicitor on whose instructions Mr Leech of Counsel addressed me in relation to proposition.
- If that is correct, then those rights will, they accept, have vested in the Crown as bona vacantia, on the dissolution of the Estate Company in 1981.
- On the 14th June 1992 the Lease vested in the Crown as bona vacantia under section 654 of the same Act.
Latin, 'ownerless goods'.