Definition of bona vacantia in English:

bona vacantia

Line breaks: bona va¦can|tia
Pronunciation: /ˌbəʊnə vəˈkantɪə/

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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.

Origin

Latin, 'ownerless goods'.

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