Origin of easement
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- 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
- the act of easing or something that brings ease
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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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper