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

    A freeman born free.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In Roman law. A person who, immediately that he was born, was a free person. He was opposed to libertinus or libertus, who, having been born a slave, was afterwards manumitted or made free. It is not the same as the English law terra "generosus," which denoted a person not merely free, but of good famlly. There were no distinctions among ingenui; but among libertini there were (prior to Justinian's abolition of the distinctions) three varieties, namely; Those of the highest rank, called "Cives Romani;" those of the second rank, called "Latini Juniani;" and those of the lowest rank, called "Dediticii." Brown.