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Definition of MANCIPI RES

LaL In Roman law. Certain classes of thlngs which could not be aliened or transferred except by means of a certain formal ceremony of conveyance called “mancipatio:* (q. v.) These lncluded land, houses, slaves, horses, and cattle. All other things were called “res nec mancipi:’ The dlstlnction was abolished by Justinian. The distinction corresponded as nearly as may be to the early dlstlnction of English law lnto real and personal property; res mancipi belng objects of a mllitary or agricultural character, and res nec mancipi being all other subjects of property. Like personal estate, res nec mancipi were not originally either valuable in se or valued. Brown


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