from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In civil law, the ownership of a thing, as opposed to a mere life interest, to an equitable right, to a merely possessory right, or to a right against a particular person.
  • n. The right of the feudal lord in land, as distinguished from that of his vassal.
  • n. The right of the landlord in land, as distinguished from that of his tenant.


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  • In some cases, God infuses the artificial property-relations that we call dominium with sufficient grace to make them generally equivalent to prelapsarian dominium.

    John Wyclif's Political Philosophy

  • In this essay, the Latin term dominium will be used to distinguish Wyclif's theologically medieval view from its modern English correlate

    John Wyclif's Political Philosophy

  • When Christianity became the state religion of the Roman empire, the early Christian teachings on land were overtaken by the Roman land laws of "dominium" - a legalization of property in land originally obtained by conquest and plunder.

    P2P Foundation

  • This right of disposal which the civil power exercises over property has been called dominium altum, but the term is misleading and should be avoided.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Now, abstracting from the qualification of an actual dominium, which is not alleged, I have great doubts whether a mere convicium is necessarily transmitted from one object to another, through the relation of a dominium subsisting between them; and if not necessarily transmissible, we must see the principle of its actual transmission here; and that has not yet been pointed out.

    Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character

  • Seventeenth-century philosopher Hugo Grotius coined the Latin phrase dominium eminens

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  • All which is summed up by Wyclif in his proposition: any "dominium" has grace for its foundation.

    A Literary History of the English People From the Origins to the Renaissance

  • Spain blockaded Gibraltar for most of the last third of the 20th century (they gave up in 1984) and when the Blair government in Britain negotiated a co-dominium with Spain in 2002, but the locals had to be consulted, and the referendum rejected the proposal by 17,900 to 187.

    Eric Lurio: Thoughts on a Gibraltar Street Fair

  • Contrawise, if he comes up with something, the Tories will be hard pressed to refute it, since they really have no raison d'ĂȘtre at this point apart from the absolutum dominium.

    Evolution - Inkless Wells -

  • Harper detractors can credit Gilles Duceppe with preventing the implementation of Harper's much-dreaded "secret agenda", which consists of a tiny scroll of parchment inscribed with the words: absolutum dominium. chuckercanuck says:

    Evolution - Inkless Wells -


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