DOMINIUM

Definition of DOMINIUM in Black's Law Dictionary 4th Edition – Legal dictionary – Glossary of legal terms.

Definition of DOMINIUM

In the civil and old English law. Ownership; property in the largest sense, including both the right of property and the right of possession or use.

The mere right of property, as distinguished from the possession or usufruct. Dig. 41, 2, 17, 1; Calvin. The right which a lord had in the fee of his tenant. In this sense the word is very clearly distinguished by Bracton from dominicum.

The estate of a feoffee to uses. "The feoffees to use shall have the dominium, and the cestui que use the disposition." Latch. 137.

Sovereignty or dominion. Dominium maris, the sovereignty of the sea.

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