jus soli

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

noun Law.

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

Nearby words

  1. jus gentium,
  2. jus naturale,
  3. jus postliminii,
  4. jus primae noctis,
  5. jus sanguinis,
  6. jusserand,
  7. jusserand, jean jules,
  8. jussive,
  9. just,
  10. just a minute

Compare jus sanguinis.

Origin of jus soli

1900–05; < Latin: right of soil (land)

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British Dictionary definitions for jus soli

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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