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uti possidetis

[yoo-tahy pos-i-dee-tis]
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noun International Law.
  1. the principle that vests in either of the belligerents at the end of a war all territory actually occupied and controlled by them.
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Origin of uti possidetis

From the Latin word utī possidētis literally, as you possess, as you hold
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uti possidetis

noun
  1. international law the rule that territory and other property remains in the hands of the belligerent state actually in possession at the end of a war unless otherwise provided for by treaty
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Word Origin

from Latin, literally: as you possess
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