Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Dominion; control; ownership.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civil and old English law. Ownership; property in the largest sense, Including both the right of property and the right of possession or use. The mere right of property, as distinguished from the possession or usufruct. Dig. 41, 2, 17, 1; Calvin. The right which a lord had in the fee of his tenant. In this sense the word is very clearly distinguished by Bracton from dominicum. The estate of a feoffee to uses. "The feoffees to use shall have the dominium, and the cestui que use the disposition." Latch. 137 Sovereignty or dominion. Dominium maria, the sovereignty of the sea.
    —Dominium directnm. In the civil law. Strict ownership; that which was founded on strict law, as distinguished from equity. In later law. Property without use; the right of a landlord. Tayl. Civil Law, 478. In feudal law. Right or proper ownership; the right of a superior or lord, as distinguished from that of his vassal or tenant. The title or property which the sovereign in England is considered as possessing in all the lands of the kingdom, they being holden either immediately or mediately of him as lord paramount.
    —Dominium directnm et ntile. The complete and absolute dominion in property; the union of the title and the exclusive use. Fairfax v. Hunter, 7 Orandi, 603, 3 L. Ed. 453.
    —Dominium eminens. Eminent 4omnin.
    —Dominium plenum. Full ownership; the union of the dominium directum with the dominium utile. T&yL Civil Law, 478.
    —Dominium utile. In the civil law. Equitable or prætorian ownership; that which was founded on, equity. Mackeld. Rom. Law, § 327, note. In later law. Use without property; the right of a tenant. Tayl. Civil Law, 478. In feudal law. Useful or beneficial ownership; the usufruct, or right to the use and profits of the soil, as distinguished from the dominium directum, (q. v ,) or ownership of the soil itself; the right of a vassal or tenant. 2 Bl. Comm. 105.