[ boh-nah vah-kahn-tee-ah; English boh-nuh vuh-kan-tee-uh ]
/ ˈboʊ nɑ vɑˈkɑn ti ɑ; English ˈboʊ nə vəˈkæn ti ə /
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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/ (ˈbəʊnə vəˈkæntɪə) /
law unclaimed goods
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