from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Property that can be inherited.
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- n. Property which can be inherited.
- n. Inheritance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any species of property that may be inherited; lands, tenements, anything corporeal or incorporeal, real, personal, or mixed, that may descend to an heir.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, any species of property that may be inherited; lands, tenements, or anything corporeal or incorporeal, real, personal, or mixed, that may descend to an heir in the strict sense (see heir, 1); inheritable property, as distinguished from property which necessarily terminates with the life of the owner, and, according to some writers, as distinguished in modern times from personal assets which go to the executor or administrator instead of the heir.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any property (real or personal or mixed) that can be inherited
The word hereditament muft, I think, be as operative as the words real eftate.
Yesterday's term was hereditament, which is defined as:
It's more important for you to think your way out of a legal dilemma than to remember that incorporeal hereditament is an inchoate or intangible right.
And yet, my lord, if I could but be made certiorate that my natural hereditament of
Almelo, a Bachelor in Physic or Medicine, began to prepare a place for a monastery; for of their own free will and by his council they had determined to build an house in Vrensueghen upon an hereditament that is called Enoldint.
His Southern hereditament of chivalry, his compassion for the oppressed and his defence of the down-trodden, were never in abeyance from the beginning of his career to the very end.
An advowson, regarded by the law as property, is termed an incorporeal hereditament, "a right issuing out of a thing corporate."
He concluded that it must be an ancestral hereditament from Athens, Ohio.
It became a habit of the Irish Party, in its more decadent days, to spout out long litanies of its achievements and to claim credit, as a sort of hereditament no doubt, for the reforms won under the leadership of Parnell.
That “disposition for hard hitting with a moral purpose to sanction it,” which George Meredith pronounces the national disposition of British humour, is Mark Twain's unmistakable hereditament.