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Socage Soc"age, n.[From {Soc}; cf. LL. socagium.] (O.Eng. Law) A tenure of lands and tenements by a certain or determinate service; a tenure distinct from chivalry or knight's service, in which the obligations were uncertain. The service must be certain, in order to be denominated socage, as to hold by fealty and twenty shillings rent. [Written also {soccage}.] [1913 Webster]

Note: Socage is of two kinds; {free socage}, where the services are not only certain, but honorable; and {villein socage}, where the services, though certain, are of a baser nature. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]


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  • Free socage — Free Free (fr[=e]), a. [Compar. {Freer} ( [ e]r); superl. {Freest} ( [e^]st).] [OE. fre, freo, AS. fre[ o], fr[=i]; akin to D. vrij, OS. & OHG. fr[=i], G. frei, Icel. fr[=i], Sw. & Dan. fri, Goth. freis, and also to Skr. prija beloved, dear, fr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • free socage — noun Etymology: Middle English fre socage (translation of Medieval Latin socagium liberum), from fre free + socage : a free tenure of land held by services of an honorable but not spiritual, military, or serviential nature called also free and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • free socage — Medieval Hist. land held by a tenant who rendered certain honorable and nonservile duties to his lord. Also called free and common socage. Cf. villein socage. * * * …   Universalium

  • free socage — See socage …   Black's law dictionary

  • free socage — See socage …   Black's law dictionary

  • free socage — Tenure of land by services which were certain, free and honorable. See 2 Bl Comm 62 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • tenant in free socage — See free socage …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Free — (fr[=e]), a. [Compar. {Freer} ( [ e]r); superl. {Freest} ( [e^]st).] [OE. fre, freo, AS. fre[ o], fr[=i]; akin to D. vrij, OS. & OHG. fr[=i], G. frei, Icel. fr[=i], Sw. & Dan. fri, Goth. freis, and also to Skr. prija beloved, dear, fr. pr[=i] to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Free agency — Free Free (fr[=e]), a. [Compar. {Freer} ( [ e]r); superl. {Freest} ( [e^]st).] [OE. fre, freo, AS. fre[ o], fr[=i]; akin to D. vrij, OS. & OHG. fr[=i], G. frei, Icel. fr[=i], Sw. & Dan. fri, Goth. freis, and also to Skr. prija beloved, dear, fr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Free and easy — Free Free (fr[=e]), a. [Compar. {Freer} ( [ e]r); superl. {Freest} ( [e^]st).] [OE. fre, freo, AS. fre[ o], fr[=i]; akin to D. vrij, OS. & OHG. fr[=i], G. frei, Icel. fr[=i], Sw. & Dan. fri, Goth. freis, and also to Skr. prija beloved, dear, fr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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