feoffment
noun Etymology: Middle English feffement, from Anglo-French, from feffer, feoffer to invest with a fee, from fieu, fé fee Date: 14th century the granting of a fee

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  • feoffment — feoff·ment / fef mənt, fēf / n: the historical method of granting a freehold estate in land by actual delivery of possession orig. by livery of seisin Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. feoffment …   Law dictionary

  • Feoffment — Feoff ment, n. [OF. feoffement, fieffement; cf. LL. feoffamentum.] (Law) (a) The grant of a feud or fee. (b) (Eng. Law) A gift or conveyance in fee of land or other corporeal hereditaments, accompanied by actual delivery of possession. Burrill.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • feoffment — /féfmsnt/fiyfment/ The gift of any corporeal hereditament to another, operating by transmutation of possession, and requiring, as essential to its completion, that the seisin be passed, which might be accomplished either by investiture or by… …   Black's law dictionary

  • feoffment — /féfmsnt/fiyfment/ The gift of any corporeal hereditament to another, operating by transmutation of possession, and requiring, as essential to its completion, that the seisin be passed, which might be accomplished either by investiture or by… …   Black's law dictionary

  • feoffment — feoff·ment (fĕfʹmənt, fēfʹ ) n. Law A grant of lands as a fee.   [Middle English feffement, from Anglo Norman feoffement, from feoffer, to put in legal possession, from Old French fief, fief. See …   Universalium

  • Feoffment — The process of assigning property to a person under feudal law, for which military service was due. Cf. Enfeoffment to use; Fee1; Livery in seisin …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • feoffment — n. giving of a fief, giving of a piece of land (during the Middle Ages) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • feoffment — [ fi:fm(ə)nt, fɛf ] noun (in feudal law) a grant of ownership of freehold property to someone. Derivatives feoffor fɛfə noun Origin ME: from an Anglo Norman Fr. var. of OFr. fieffer put in legal possession , from fief (see fee and fief) …   English new terms dictionary

  • Feoffment — A form granting conveying a fee. Generally the recipient of the fee received a branch or clod of dirt as a symbolic gesture. ♦ A gift and grant of land by which the recipient acquires a freehold. (Hogue, Arthur R. Origins of the Common Law, 256)… …   Medieval glossary

  • feoffment — feoff·ment …   English syllables

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