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enfeoffment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n enfeoffment under the feudal system, the deed by which a person was given land in exchange for a pledge of service
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Enfeoffment (Law) The act of enfeoffing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n enfeoffment In law: The act of giving the fee simple of an estate.
    • n enfeoffment The instrument or deed by which one is invested with the fee of an estate.
    • n enfeoffment The estate thus obtained.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Enfeoffment act of enfeoffing: the deed which invests with the fee of an estate
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. enfefferen-, and fief. See Fief, Feoff.

Usage

In literature:

Then bade the king enfeoff Siegfried, the youth, with land and castles, as he himself had done.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown
O Woodvil, man enfeoff'd to despair!
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
And I have had of you since then neither the enfeoffment nor the lady, but only excuses, Sire Philippe.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
This obligation could be handed on by sub-enfeoffment through a whole series of under-tenants.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
Yesterday she corrected me in a date, when I was speaking of the enfeoffment of Udo von Eberstein.
"Saint Michael" by E. Werner
Whoever may wish for soil or sod Richly shall I enfeoff them.
"Britain in the Middle Ages" by Florence L. Bowman
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