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.

Nearby words

  1. bon, cape,
  2. bona,
  3. bona dea,
  4. bona fide,
  5. bona fides,
  6. bonaci,
  7. bonadoxin,
  8. bonafide,
  9. bonaire,
  10. bonampak

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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