Definitions

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

  • noun The act of easing or the condition of being eased.
  • noun Something that affords ease or comfort.
  • noun Law A right to make limited use of another's land, such as a right of way.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That which gives ease, relief, or assistance; convenience; accommodation.
  • noun In law, a right of accommodation in another's land; such a right in respect to lands—as that of passage, or of having free access of light and air—which does not involve taking anything from the land; more specifically, such a right when held in respect to one piece of land by the owner of a neighboring piece by virtue of his ownership of the latter.
  • noun In carpentry, same as ease-off.

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

  • noun That which gives ease, relief, or assistance; convenience; accommodation.
  • noun (Law) A liberty, privilege, or advantage, which one proprietor has in the estate of another proprietor, distinct from the ownership of the soil, as a way, water course, etc. It is a species of what the civil law calls servitude.
  • noun (Arch.) A curved member instead of an abrupt change of direction, as in a baseboard, hand rail, etc.

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

  • noun law Legal right to use another person's property, generally in order to cross a part of the property, or to gain access to something on the property.
  • noun archaic Relief, easing.
  • noun archaic, euphemistic The act of relieving oneself: defecating or urinating
  • noun architecture A curved member instead of an abrupt change of direction, as in a baseboard, handrail, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)
  • noun (law) the privilege of using something that is not your own (as using another's land as a right of way to your own land)

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French aisement.

Examples

  • A wall must forever be built to give him easement from the high pitch, and Dede became a part of this wall.

    Chapter XV

  • I of easement from the constriction of the jacket, of cleanliness in the place of filth, of smooth velvety skin of health in place of my poor parchment-crinkled hide.

    Chapter 11

  • A floating easement is a right to go on property in New Orleans post-Katrina.

    Define That Term #274

  • • The land benefiting from an easement is called the dominant estate; the land burdened by an easement is called the servient estate.

    Up Against a Deadline

  • A floating easement is a right to go on property in New Orleans post-Katrina.

    Define That Term #274

  • The City of Richmond could not give a conservation easement by simple majority vote because a conservation easement is supposed to last forever and a majority of Council cannot grant an easement without some time limit.

    2003 December archive at cvillenews.com

  • The City of Richmond could not give a conservation easement by simple majority vote because a conservation easement is supposed to last forever and a majority of Council cannot grant an easement without some time limit.

    Lynch Clarifies Meadowcreek Parkway Opposition at cvillenews.com

  • I of easement from the constriction of the jacket, of cleanliness in the place of filth, of smooth velvety skin of health in place of my poor parchment-crinkled hide.

    Chapter 11

  • The city had initially approached the owners about a long-term easement, but the owners said they would rather sell it, Jackson said.

    Jacksonville Business News - Local Jacksonville News | Jacksonville Business Journal

  • Besides, under your reasoning the easement is terminated by the condemnation of your neighbor’s land, isn’t it?

    The Volokh Conspiracy » An Important Case on Compensation for Takings

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