bona vacantia

[ boh-nah vah-kahn-tee-ah; English boh-nuh vuh-kan-tee-uh ]
/ ˈboʊ nɑ vɑˈkɑn ti ɑ; English ˈboʊ nə vəˈkæn ti ə /

noun Law.

property without an apparent owner or claimant.

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Origin of bona vacantia

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1750–60
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British Dictionary definitions for bona vacantia

bona vacantia
/ (ˈbəʊnə vəˈkæntɪə) /

pl n

law unclaimed goods
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