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  1. ingenui(Noun)

    In civil law, a class of freemen who were born free. They were distinguished from the class known as liberti or libertini who, born slaves, had afterwards legally obtained their freedom.


  1. Ingenui

    Ingenui or ingenuitas, was a legal term of ancient Rome indicating those freemen who were born free, as distinct from, for example, freedmen, who were freemen who had once been slaves. In ancient Rome, free men were either ingenui or libertini. Ingenui indicated those free men who were born free. Libertini were those men who were manumitted from legal slavery. Although freedmen were not ingenui, the sons of libertini were ingenui. A libertinus could not by adoption become ingenuus. If a female slave was pregnant, and was manumitted before she gave birth to the child, that child was born free, and therefore was ingenuus. In other cases, also, the law favored the claim of free birth, and consequently of ingenuitas. If a man's ingenuitas was a matter in dispute, there was a judicium ingenuitatis, which was a court to determine status with regard to patronal rights. The words "ingenuus" and "libertinus" are often opposed to one another; and the title of freeman, which would comprehend libertinus, is sometimes limited by the addition of ingenuus. According to Cincius, in his work on Comitia, quoted by Festus, those who in his time were called ingenui, were originally called patricii, which is interpreted by some scholars such as Carl Wilhelm Göttling to mean that Gentiles were originally called ingenui also, an interpretation that is the subject of some dispute.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingenui in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ingenui in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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