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[suhb-in-fyoo-dey-shuh n]
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noun Feudal Law.
  1. the granting of a portion of an estate by a feudal tenant to a subtenant, held from the tenant on terms similar to those of the grant to the tenant.
  2. the tenure established.
  3. the estate or fief so created.

Origin of subinfeudation

1720–30; sub- + infeudation enfeoffment < Medieval Latin infeudātiōn-, s. of infeudātiō (see in-2, feud2, -ation)
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Historical Examples

  • The practice of subinfeudation, became in France almost universal.

    The Group Mind

    William McDougall

  • The above-named statute forbade the future subinfeudation of lands, and consequently hindered the further creation of manors.

  • Subinfeudation came to a complete stop, and whenever great family estates broke up the king obtained new tenants-in-chief.

  • For, the practice of subinfeudation, which in our country was actively checked, became in France almost universal.

British Dictionary definitions for subinfeudation


  1. (in feudal society) the granting of land by a vassal to another man who became his vassal
  2. the tenure or relationship so established
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