from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An estate in land of which the inheritor has unqualified ownership and power of disposition.
- n. Private ownership of real estate in which the owner has the right to control, use, and transfer the property at will.
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- n. The private ownership of property (real estate) in which the owner has the right to control, use and transfer the property at will.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an absolute fee; a fee without conditions or limits.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fee without limitation to any class of heirs; they can sell it or give it away
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For twenty-five hundred down and an easy mortgage he could buy the three-story shack-building, and the ground in fee simple on which it stood.
I could not help grieving when he sent me to post up notices of the sale of the fee simple of the lands and appurtenances of Timoleague.
"The Church, through the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda, whose decision and decree were approved by the Pope, has declared that the corporation system which recognizes the rights of the hierarchy is preferable to the fee simple tenure by the bishops as individuals before the civil law."
The laws further provide that every estate of inheritance shall continue to be termed a fee simple, or fee; and every such estate when not defeasible or conditional, shall be a fee simple absolute.