Legal Jargons

Word: res communis

Origin: Latin word

Meaning: common to all

Example: Property constructs like airspace and water rights are said to be res communis – that is, a thing common to all, and that could not be the subject of ownership.

Water is a bit more defined — it is common until captured

Word: stare decisis

Origin: Latin word

Meaning: To stand by [things] decided

Example: The obligation of a judge to stand by a prior precedent.

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