Latin Legal Terms


Datum – this Latin word literally means “property”. Property is a valuable item, asset or intellectual belonging, the ownership of which can be managed resp. could be a subject of transfer – sale, gift, etc. Properties could be divided to movables – cars, bikes, etc., and immovable properties (real estates) – houses, offices, etc. Personal belongings for daily use are also type of properties. Intellectual properties are patents, trademarks, songs, writings, etc. In the legal practice, this word participates in the legal phrase “damnum injuria datum”, which means “damages occurred from injury of a property”. It refers to the financial/economic damages that resulted from illegal activities on somebody else’s property- usually after the end of work or after the death of the administrator. It also participates in the phrase “datum perficiemus munus”, which literally translates as “we will finish the mission assigned”.

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