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  • Just as a State might own all the guns lest people should shoot each other, so this State would own all the gold and land lest they should cheat or rackrent or exploit each other.

    G.K. Speaks - The Transformation of Socialism

  • "Owner" in this Act shall mean the person for the time being receiving the rackrent of the premises in connexion with which the word is used, either on his own account or as agent or trustee for some other person, or who would receive the same if the premises were let at rackrent.

    Fire Prevention and Fire Extinction

  • No mere political measure can cure famine and rackrent or insecure tenure; but if the agrarian evil be appeased, no hatred of England on the part of Irish leaders will suffice to make Ireland discontented.

    Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman

  • Native's attachment to the land on which he lived, in many instances, that they could not rackrent him off it.

    Chapter II

  • State would own all the gold and land lest they should cheat or rackrent or exploit each other.

    Eugenics and Other Evils

  • I have not stopped to rebut the common (but mistaken) idea that burdens on the land (being in gross not more than the rackrent) affect the cultivation.

    Speculations from Political Economy

  • "burdens" on land are really first charges on the rackrent and do not affect a year-to-year tenant at all.

    Speculations from Political Economy

  • But I'll tell you how that is, and I'll go slow over these broken stones -- for I can't go fast: it is where there's no jantleman over these under-agents, as here, they do as they plase; and when they have set the land they get rasonable from the head landlords, to poor cratures at a rackrent, that they can't live and pay the rent, they say -- "

    Tales and Novels — Volume 06


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  • n. reasonable rent, equivalent of two-thirds or more of annual value of building for which it is paid.

    popularly: excessive rent.

    October 14, 2008