sui juris

sui juris

[soo-ahy joor-is, soo-ee]
noun Law.
capable of managing one's affairs or assuming legal responsibility.
Compare alieni juris.


Origin:
1605–15; < Latin suī jūris of one's own right

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sui juris (ˈsuːaɪ ˈdʒʊərɪs)
 
adj
(usually postpositive) law of full age and not under disability; legally competent to manage one's own affairs; independent
 
[C17: from Latin, literally: of one's own right]

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sui juris
1614, "of full legal age and capacity," in ancient Rome, "of the status of one not subject to the patria potestas." For first element, see sui generis; for second element, see jurist.
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