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or a·lo·di·al

[uh-loh-dee-uh l]
  1. free from the tenurial rights of a feudal overlord.
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Origin of allodial

1650–60; < Medieval Latin allodiālis, equivalent to allōdi(um) allodium + -ālis -al1
Related formsal·lo·di·al·i·ty, nounal·lo·di·al·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • The right to lands is allodial, but is inherent in the Government.

    Abridgement of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856 (4 of 16 vol.)


  • It was not the change from allodial to feudal so much as from confusion to order.

  • The emperor pardoned him and permitted him to retain his allodial property on condition of his leaving Germany for three years.

  • This might have been done by converting the holdings of the men-at-arms into allodial estates, held direct from the Crown.

  • The primitive German or allodial property is strictly reserved to the kindred.

    Ancient Law

    Sir Henry James Sumner Maine

British Dictionary definitions for allodial


  1. (of land) held as an allodium
  2. (of tenure) characterized by or relating to the system of holding land in absolute ownershipthe allodial system
  3. (of people) holding an allodium
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