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jus soli

[juhs soh-lahy, -lee] /ˈdʒʌs ˈsoʊ laɪ, -li/
noun, Law.
the principle that the country of citizenship of a child is determined by its country of birth.
Compare jus sanguinis.
Origin of jus soli
1900-05; < Latin: right of soil (land) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Portugal and most of the South American states follow the jus soli.

    International Law George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker
  • (b) Certain states follow the rule of jus soli, maintaining that the place of birth determines the nationality.

    International Law George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker
British Dictionary definitions for jus soli

jus soli

(law) the principle that a person's nationality at birth is determined by the territory within which he was born Compare jus sanguinis
Word Origin
from Latin, literally: law of soil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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