res nullius

nobody's property

Notes

Goods without an owner. Used for things or beings which belong to nobody and are up for grabs, e.g., uninhabited and uncolonized lands, wandering wild animals, etc. (cf. terra nullius, "no man's land").

Words

  • resaffair, being, busines, case, circumstance, condition, deed, event, fact, matter, object, occurrence, thing