mare liberum

[mair-ee lib-er-uh m, mahr-ey; Latin mah-re lee-be-roo m]

noun

a body of navigable water to which all nations have unrestricted access.

Compare mare clausum.

Origin of mare liberum

1645–55; < Latin: free sea
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British Dictionary definitions for mare liberum

mare liberum

noun

law a sea open to navigation by shipping of all nationsCompare mare clausum

Word Origin for mare liberum

Latin: free sea
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