- 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.
- the tenure established.
- the estate or fief so created.
Origin of subinfeudation
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Examples from the Web for subinfeudation
The practice of subinfeudation, became in France almost universal.The Group Mind
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.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 2 of 3
Henry Thomas Buckle
- (in feudal society) the granting of land by a vassal to another man who became his vassal
- the tenure or relationship so established
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