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easement

[eez-muh nt]
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noun
  1. Law. a right held by one property owner to make use of the land of another for a limited purpose, as right of passage.
  2. an easing; relief.
  3. something that gives ease; a convenience.
  4. Architecture. a curved joint.
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Origin of easement

1350–1400; Middle English esement < Old French aisement, equivalent to aise ease + -ment -ment
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Related Words for easement

access, passage

British Dictionary definitions for easement

easement

noun
  1. property law the right enjoyed by a landowner of making limited use of his neighbour's land, as by crossing it to reach his own property
  2. the act of easing or something that brings ease
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Word Origin and History for easement

n.

late 14c., "compensation, redress," from Old French aisement "comfort, convenience; use, enjoyment," from aisier "to ease," from aise (see ease). The meaning "legal right or privilege of using something not one's own" is from early 15c.

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