Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Domitae Naturae Definition:

Animals which are of a nature easily tamed and may be readily domesticated.

Related Terms: Mansuetae Naturae, Animal, Domestic Animal, Ferae Naturae, Companion Animal

Miss KittenFor example, cats, dogs, farm animals and some birds.

The common law used two Latin phrases interchangeably to refer to the same concept of animals which are pets, easily tamed and usually domestic: domitae naturae and mansuetae naturae.

William Blackstone in his 1769 Commentaries on the Laws of England preferred the term domitae naturae.

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