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bona vacantia

Line breaks: bona va¦can|tia
Pronunciation: /ˌbəʊnə vəˈkantɪə
 
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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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Latin, 'ownerless goods'.

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