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  • n. land, and all the built structures on it, especially when considered as a single place.
  • n. (plural only; not used in singular form) The subject of a conveyance or deed
  • n. Plural form of premise.

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

  • n. land and the buildings on it


Meaning #1 arose from owners of real property finding the word in their title deeds, where it originally correctly meant "the aforementioned; what this document is about", from Latin prae-missus = "placed before". (Wiktionary)



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