The Capitis Deminutio in Roman Law

By: Anavitarte, E. J.*

The capitis deminutio o capitis diminutio (both right) is the legal phenomenon that represents the decreased ability of a person to have and exercise ownership rights.

This phenomenon occurred when losing attributes that define the civil status of a person in Roman society, such as losing freedom, losing citizenship or losing legal autonomy.

The consequence of capitis deminutio can be variable, but it always implies a decrease in the position of the individual within the regime of the people.

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