Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An estate the tenure of which is measured by the duration of a life. See estate for life, under estate.

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Examples

  • Two others on the SHPO list of objectors are life-estate holders, a category the regulations do not recognize as an owner.

    Jeff Biggers: Mountaintop Removal Mayhem: Blair Mtn Scandal (Feds See Dead People), Coal Profits Soar, EPA Disses Scientists

  • There are few who will not sympathise with the hero when he discovers that the life-estate of the fair widow whom he adores with all the fierce yearnings of his passionate soul is subject to a collateral limitation to widowhood.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, August 18th, 1920

  • Captain Pardee had soon informed her that the title of Nimbus was, in fact, only a life-estate, which had fallen in by the death of the life tenant, while Winburn claimed to have bought up the interests of the reversioners.

    Bricks without Straw A Novel

  • At the same time, he informed her that the small tract about the old ordinary, which had come to Nimbus by purchase, and which was all that she occupied, was not included in the life-estate, but was held in fee by Walter Greer.

    Bricks without Straw A Novel

  • Pardee had soon informed her that the title of Nimbus was, in fact, only a life-estate, which had fallen in by the death of the life tenant, while Winburn claimed to have bought up the interests of the reversioners.

    Bricks Without Straw

  • He wrote that, as he knew that his wife was well provided for, having a considerable fortune of her own, he left her a life-estate in such one of his many domains as she might select.

    Dr. Dumany's Wife

  • Gables, in which she had a life-estate by the will of the old bachelor.

    House of the Seven Gables

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