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[kwit-rent] /ˈkwɪtˌrɛnt/
rent paid by a freeholder or copyholder in lieu of services that might otherwise have been required.
Origin of quitrent
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at quit1, rent1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On other estates the serfs' compulsory labor was commuted for a quitrent.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • I am exceedingly anxious to learn the fate of the quitrent bill.

  • The amount of the quitrent in the Northern Neck was the same as elsewhere in Virginia—two shillings annually for 100 acres.

    Mother Earth W. Stitt Robinson, Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for quitrent


(formerly) a rent payable by a freeholder or copyholder to his lord that released him from liability to perform services
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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