uti possidetis

[ yoo-tahy pos-i-dee-tis ]
/ ˈyu taɪ ˌpɒs ɪˈdi tɪs /

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.

Words nearby uti possidetis

Origin of uti possidetis

From the Latin word utī possidētis literally, as you possess, as you hold
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British Dictionary definitions for uti possidetis

uti possidetis
/ (ˈjuːtaɪ ˌpɒsɪˈdiːtɪs) /


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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