Hanc Tuemur, Hac Nitimur Law and Legal Definition

Hanc Tuemur, Hac Nitimur are words which appears on the face of a medallion on the title page of the journal of the proceedings of the Colonial Congress of 1774. “Hanc Tuemur, Hac Nitimur” means “this we defend, this we lean upon”.

It represents Magna Charta as the pedestal on which was raised the column and cap of liberty, supported by twelve hands; one for each of the twelve colonies. [Hurtado v. California, 110 U.S. 516, 554 (U.S. 1884)].