One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Ownership and control of property.
- ‘So there has never been, in the common law, an absolutist, legal concept of human mastery over land, no notion of dominium or ownership.’
- ‘In systems based on Roman law, a landowner always had dominium.’
- ‘He did not differentiate between the proprium or dominium, property rights, and the imperium, political prerogative.’
- ‘England struggled with the problem of distinguishing between imperium, or sovereignty, and dominium, or property, in its American colonies.’
- ‘In 1500 the concept most frequently invoked was dominium, which was used by the practitioners of Roman civil law and local or customary law to signify ownership of land.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin.
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