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