Definitions

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  • n. At common law, the act or process of transferring possession and ownership of an estate in land.
  • n. The property or estate so transferred.
  • n. The instrument or deed by which one obtains such property or estate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of enfeoffing.
  • n. The instrument or deed by which one is invested with the fee of an estate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law: The act of giving the fee simple of an estate.
  • n. The instrument or deed by which one is invested with the fee of an estate.
  • n. The estate thus obtained.

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

  • n. under the feudal system, the deed by which a person was given land in exchange for a pledge of service

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Examples

  • His rights cannot be established by possession from time immemorial, nor by innumerable and regular acquittances; he must produce the act of enfeoffment which is many centuries old, the lease which has never, perhaps, been written out, the primitive title already rare in 1720, [2229] and since stolen or burnt in the recent jacqueries: otherwise he is despoiled without indemnity.

    The French Revolution - Volume 1

  • Under the feudal system, enfeoffment was the deed by which a person was given land in exchange for a pledge of service.

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  • Dowager, nor shall any member of the clans of the imperial consorts be appointed regents [during the minority of young emperors], nor shall they be given enfeoffment without due merit.

    Empresses and Consorts

  • In the case of princely houses, he would draw up treaties, record edicts, and draft the documents which granted feudal enfeoffment.

    HISTORIOGRAPHY

  • But in a few months he issued an edict making this enfeoffment.

    The History of the Former Han Dynasty

  • When Wang Chia1a opposed this proposed enfeoffment. he was removed and finally executed.

    The History of the Former Han Dynasty

  • Shun4b, who had seconded and guided [the Emperor before he was appointed] and had been his former benefactor, there was added to his enfeoffment [the income of] five hundred households.

    The History of the Former Han Dynasty

  • There can be little doubt that the principle on which he claims enfeoffment in the estate is a sound one, that the earth belongs in no case to the sons of

    Hebraic Literature; Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala

  • Lord paramount over the empire of mind as well as matter, he alone is seized, in fee simple right, of the whole domain: provinces of which men hold, as fiefs, by vassal tenure, subject to reversion and enfeoffment to another.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No 3, September, 1862 Devoted to Literature and National Policy.

  • At first it seems to have been confined to the enfeoffment of the emperor's sons, but later it was extended to other important matters, so that the standard practise in enacting an administrative measure, even the appointment of an Empress, came to be that some official or group would memorialize the Emperor concerning what they thought should be done, and the Emperor approved the suggestion.

    The History of the Former Han Dynasty

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