Definition of patria potestas in US English:

patria potestas

noun

Roman Law
  • The absolute legal authority of the male head of a Roman family or household over its members; the authority of a Roman paterfamilias. Also in extended use. Usually with the.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in James Dalrymple. From classical Latin patria potestās power of a father from patria, feminine of patrius of or belonging to a father + potestās.

Pronunciation

patria potestas

/ˌpatrɪə pəʊˈtɛstɑːs/