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patria potestas

[ pey-tree-uhpoh-tes-tuhs, pah-, pa-; Latin pah-tri-ah poh-tes-tahs ]
/ ˈpeɪ tri ə poʊˈtɛs təs, ˈpɑ-, ˈpæ-; Latin ˈpɑ trɪˌɑ poʊˈtɛs tɑs /
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noun Roman Law.
the power vested in the paterfamilias or head of the Roman family with respect to his wife, natural or adopted children, and agnatic descendants: title to family property is vested exclusively in the paterfamilias. Property acquired by a family member becomes family property, and no family member can enter into a transaction in his or her own right.
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Origin of patria potestas

<Latin: literally, paternal power
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