appurtenance

[ uh-pur-tn-uh ns ]
/ əˈpɜr tn əns /

noun

something subordinate to another, more important thing; adjunct; accessory.
Law. a right, privilege, or improvement belonging to and passing with a principal property.
appurtenances, apparatus; instruments.

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Origin of appurtenance

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + -purtenance a belonging; see purtenance

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British Dictionary definitions for appurtenance

appurtenance
/ (əˈpɜːtɪnəns) /

noun

a secondary or less significant thing or part
(plural) accessories or equipment
property law a minor right, interest, or privilege which passes when the title to the principal property is transferred

Word Origin for appurtenance

C14: from Anglo-French apurtenance, from Old French apartenance, from apartenir to appertain
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