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jus soli

[ juhs -soh-lahy, -lee ]
/ ˈdʒʌs ˈsoʊ laɪ, -li /
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noun Law.

the principle that the country of citizenship of a child is determined by its country of birth.

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Origin of jus soli

1900–05; <Latin: right of soil (land)
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jus soli
/ (ˈsəʊlaɪ) /

noun

law the principle that a person's nationality at birth is determined by the territory within which he was bornCompare jus sanguinis

Word Origin for jus soli

from Latin, literally: law of soil
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