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mare liberum

[mair-ee lib-er-uh m, mahr-ey; Latin mah-re lee-be-roo m] /ˈmɛər i ˈlɪb ər əm, ˈmɑr eɪ; Latin ˈmɑ rɛ ˈli bɛˌrʊm/
noun
1.
a body of navigable water to which all nations have unrestricted access.
Compare mare clausum.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin: free sea
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mare liberum

/ˈmɑːreɪ ˈliːbərʊm/
noun
1.
(law) a sea open to navigation by shipping of all nations Compare mare clausum
Word Origin
Latin: free sea
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