List of Latin legal terms

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A number of Latin terms are used in legal terminology and legal maxims.wikipedia
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A number of Latin terms are used in legal terminology and legal maxims.
In particular, Latin (and Ancient Greek) roots are used in English descriptions of theology, the sciences, medicine, and law.

Ex aequo et bono

ex-aequoex aequoex-a.
Ex aequo et bono (Latin for "according to the right and good" or "from equity and conscience") is a Latin phrase that is used as a legal term of art.

Legal separation

separatedseparationjudicial separation
A mensa et thoro is a legal Latin phrase which means "from table and bed", often translated as "from bed and board", in which "board" is a word for "table".

In haec verba

In haec verba (meaning "in these words") is a phrase in Latin legal usage, which refers to incorporating verbatim text into a complaint, pleading or other legal document as was mentioned in a deed or agreement which is in question or cause of dispute, or in another legal instrument (such as a legal description, statute, etc.).

Ex demissione

ex dem.
Ex demissione (abbreviated ex dem.) is Legal Latin meaning "upon the demise"—where "demise" is used in its sense meaning "lease" or "transfer".

Inter se

Inter se (also styled as inter sese) is a Legal Latin phrase that means "[a]mong or between themselves".

Mare clausum

Mare clausum policymaritime monopolies
Mare clausum (legal Latin meaning "closed sea") is a term used in international law to mention a sea, ocean or other navigable body of water under the jurisdiction of a state that is closed or not accessible to other states.

Nolle prosequi

droppeddismissal of chargesnolle prossed
Nolle prosequi, abbreviated nol or nolle pros, is legal Latin meaning "to be unwilling to pursue".

Legal maxim

maximMaximsLatin maxim
A number of Latin terms are used in legal terminology and legal maxims.

Sine qua non

condicio sine qua nonbut-forcondiciones sine quibus non
It was originally a Latin legal term for "[a condition] without which it could not be", or "but for..."


Quaere is legal Latin, literally meaning "inquire" or "query".

Nulla bona

Nulla bona is a Latin legal term meaning "no goods" – a sheriff writes this when he can find no property to seize to pay off a court judgment.

Habeas corpus

writ of habeas corpuswrit of ''habeas corpushabeas petition

Mutatis mutandis

mutatis mutandiwith suitable transformations
The legal use of the term is somewhat specialized.

Burden of proof (law)

burden of proofpreponderance of the evidencebalance of probabilities

Sub silentio

sub silencio
Sub silentio is a legal Latin term meaning "under silence" or "in silence".