Patria-potestas



[pey-tree-uh poh-tes-tuh s, pah-, pa-; Latin pah-tri-ah poh-tes-tahs] /ˈpeɪ tri ə poʊˈtɛs təs, ˈpɑ-, ˈpæ-; Latin ˈpɑ trɪˌɑ poʊˈtɛs tɑs/

noun, Roman Law.
1.
the power vested in the paterfamilias or head of the Roman family with respect to his wife, natural or adopted children, and agnatic descendants: title to family property is vested exclusively in the paterfamilias. Property acquired by a family member becomes family property, and no family member can enter into a transaction in his or her own right.

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