noun International Law.
the principle that vests in either of the belligerents at the end of a war all territory actually occupied and controlled by them.
Origin of uti possidetis
From the Latin word utī possidētis literally, as you possess, as you hold
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international law the rule that territory and other property remains in the hands of the belligerent state actually in possession at the end of a war unless otherwise provided for by treaty
Word Origin for uti possidetis
from Latin, literally: as you possess
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