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DOMINIUM Definition & Legal Meaning

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In the civil and old English law. Ownership; property in the largestsense, including both the right of property and the right of possession or use.The mere right of property, as distinguished from the possession or usufruct. Dig.41, 2, 17, 1; Calvin. The right which a lord bad in the fee of his tenant. In this sensethe word is very clearly distinguished by Bracton from dominienm.The estate of a feotTee to uses. “The feoffees to use shall have the dominium, andthe cestui que use the disposition.” Latch. 137.Sovereignty or dominion. Dominium maris, the sovereignty of the sea.


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