Latin Legal Terms


Adopto – it means to wish for oneself, to adopt something. The word participates in the legal phrase “datio in adoptionem”, which literally means “given in adoption”. It is used in the area of Family Law, where refers to adoption of an underage person. Nowadays it refers to the term “adoption”, used in the sphere of Family Law in some countries, where details a legal procedure by which the rights and obligations of the natural parents towards their child are extinguished and equivalent rights and obligations are given to the adopter or adopters, to whom the child then stands in all respects as if it has been born to them in marriage. A term with similar meaning is “accomodatio”.

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