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jus publicum n
[New Latin, from Latin, public law or right]
: a right of public ownership
: the right of ownership of real property that is held in trust by a government for the public [tidal flats are subject to the jus publicum "United States v. Hensel, 509 F. Supp. 1376 (1981)"]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.