Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Jure Definition:

Latin: by right, under legal authority.

Related Terms: Jus

In Latin, also spelled iure.

In the Oxford Latin Dictionary:

"iure: according to the law; with legal sanction, rightfully. With good reason, justly, deservedly, etc."

Similarly, the Follett Latin Dictionary:

"iure: justly, with justice, by rights, rightfully.""

From Roman law: by right, under legal authority or by the authority of the law.

The Australian Legal Dictionary defines jure as:

"Jure, in Roman law; righfully or legally."

A variation, juris means "of right" or "of the law."

See, also, jurisprudence which means "science of the law."


  • Glare, P.G.W. Editor, Oxford Latin Dictionary (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990), Volume 1
  • Levine, Edwin and others, Latin Dictionary (New York: Follet Publishing, 1967), page189.
  • Nygh, Peter and Butt, P., editors, Australian Legal Dictionary (Sydney: Butterworths, 1997), page 650.

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