- any inheritable estate or interest in property.
Origin of hereditament
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Examples from the Web for hereditament
The hereditament of a Peer: also rank of a Peer; a list of the Peers.The Handbook to English Heraldry
In this country, on the other hand, we confine the hereditament to property, abrogating it in the case of rank and power.Charles I
The word "inheritance" was used for hereditament, the former being merely the French form, the latter the Latin.
- any kind of property capable of being inherited
- property that before 1926 passed to an heir if not otherwise disposed of by will
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Word Origin and History for hereditament
"inherited property," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin hereditamentum, from Latin hereditatem (see heredity).
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