Sic Utera Tuo Ut Alienam Non Laedas Law and Legal Definition

Sic utera tuo ut alienam non laedas is a Latin maxim meaning ‘use your property in such a way so as not to disturb others.’ An owner’s right to excavate his/her property is subject to the qualification implied in the maxim sic utere tuo ut alienum non laedas. An owner’s right to excavate entailed an obligation to do for the protection of those who they knew might be expected to make use of the adjoining yard what a prudent and reasonable man would regard as requisite, or usually sufficient, to prevent a person using ordinary care from falling into the excavation while moving about the yard as was customary.