from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Roman law, legal: noting a certain class or form of rights, as distinguished from bonitarian. The use is equivalent to that of legal in modern law, in contradistinction to equitable.
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Ownership was quiritarian or bonitarian: quiritarian, when acquired by the jus civile only available to Roman citizens; bonitarian, when acquired by any natural, as distinguished from civil, means.
First, the Roman or quiritarian property in the soil, (commercium,) and its capability of mancipation, usucaption, and vindication; moreover, as an inseparable consequence of this, exemption from land-tax.