Meaning of bona vacantia

bo•na va•can•ti•a

Pronunciation: (bō'nä vä-kän'tē-ä Eng. bō'n&schwa v&schwa-kan'tē-&schwa), [key]
— Law. Law.
  1. property without an apparent owner or claimant.
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