from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Affixed as an appendage.
  • adjective Accompanying; attendant.
  • adjective Belonging to a land grant as a subsidiary right in English law.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Hanging to; annexed; attached; concomitant: as, a seal appendant to a paper.
  • In law, appended to something by prescription: applied to a right or privilege attached to a principal inheritance: thus, in England, an advowson, that is, the right of patronage or presentation, is said to be appendant or annexed to the possession of a manor.
  • noun That which belongs to another thing, as incidental or subordinate to it; an adjunct; a dependency.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Hanging; annexed; adjunct; concomitant.
  • adjective (Law) Appended by prescription, that is, a personal usage for a considerable time; -- said of a thing of inheritance belonging to another inheritance which is superior or more worthy.
  • noun Anything attached to another as incidental or subordinate to it.
  • noun (Law) A inheritance annexed by prescription to a superior inheritance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective attached as an appendage
  • noun Anything attached to another as incidental or subordinate to it.
  • noun law An inheritance annexed by prescription to a superior inheritance.

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  • adjective affixed as an appendage


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  • The examples, thus mutilated, are no longer to be considered as conveying the sentiments or doctrine of their authours; the word for the sake of which they are inserted, with all its appendant clauses, has been carefully preserved; but it may sometimes happen, by hasty detruncation, that the general tendency of the sentence may be changed: the divine may desert his tenets, or the philosopher his system.

    —Johnson, preface to his Dictionary

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