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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A right to enjoyment of property with a given stipulation that the property will be improved or maintained in an agreed upon manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A real right, susceptible of assignment and of descent, charged on productive real estate, the right being coupled with the enjoyment of the property on condition of taking care of the estate and paying taxes, and sometimes a small rent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman law, a contract by which houses or lands were given forever or for a long term on condition of their being improved and a stipulated annual rent paid to the grantor. It was usually for a perpetual term, thus corresponding to the feudal fee.

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