One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
‘A spark of right’, a doctrine of property law referring to the possibility of seisin reverting to the feoffee after a feoffment has been executed in accordance with the Statute of Uses and in favour of the beneficiary; the residual right to seisin held by the feoffee in such cases.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Francis Bacon (1561–1626), lord chancellor, politician, and philosopher. From post-classical Latin scintilla iuris from classical Latin scintilla + iūris, genitive of iūs law.
scintilla juris/sɪnˌtɪlə ˈdʒʊərɪs/
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