noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin hereditamentum, from Late Latin hereditare to inherit, from Latin hered-, heres Date: 15th century heritable property

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  • hereditament — her·e·dit·a·ment /ˌher ə di tə mənt/ n [Medieval Latin hereditamentum, from Late Latin hereditare to inherit, from Latin hered heres heir]: inheritable property Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • hereditament — her‧e‧dit‧a‧ment [ˌherˈdɪtəmənt] noun [countable] LAW a piece of property that can be inheritEd: • Rates are not payable on any unoccupied hereditament for any period during which the owner was prohibited by law from occupying the property.… …   Financial and business terms

  • Hereditament — Her e*dit a*ment, n. [LL. hereditamentum. See {Hereditable}.] (Law) Any species of property that may be inherited; lands, tenements, anything corporeal or incorporeal, real, personal, or mixed, that may descend to an heir. Blackstone. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hereditament — inherited property, mid 15c., from M.L. hereditamentum, from L. hereditatem (see HEREDITY (Cf. heredity)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hereditament — [her΄ə dit′ə mənt] n. [ML hereditamentum] any property that can be inherited …   English World dictionary

  • Hereditament — In law, a hereditament (from Lat. hereditare , to inherit, heres , heir) is any kind of property that can be inherited.Hereditaments are divided into corporeal and incorporeal. Corporeal hereditaments are such as affect the senses, and may be… …   Wikipedia

  • Hereditament — That which could be inherited. As it suggests, corporeal hereditament was something physical, such as land or goods; incorporeal hereditament was intangible but real, e.g. a right to something; as *Bracton says, an incorporeal thing does not… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • hereditament — /her i dit euh meuhnt/, n. Law. any inheritable estate or interest in property. [1425 75; late ME < ML hereditamentum, deriv. of LL hereditare. See HEREDITABLE, MENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • hereditament — noun /hɪˈɹɛdɪtəmənt,hɛɹɪˈdɪtəmənt/ a) Property which can be inherited. the captain [...] had been greatly enamoured; that is to say, of Mr Allworthys house and gardens, and of his lands, tenements, and hereditaments [...]. b) Inheritance …   Wiktionary

  • hereditament — her·e·dit·a·ment || ‚herɪ dɪtÉ™mÉ™nt n. property that can be inherited; inheritance …   English contemporary dictionary

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