hereditament

[her-i-dit-uh-muh nt]
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noun Law.

any inheritable estate or interest in property.

Nearby words

  1. hereby,
  2. heredes,
  3. heredia,
  4. heredia, josé maría de,
  5. hereditable,
  6. hereditarian,
  7. hereditarianism,
  8. hereditary,
  9. hereditary angioneurotic edema,
  10. hereditary cerebellar ataxia

Origin of hereditament

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin hērēditāmentum, derivative of Late Latin hērēditāre. See hereditable, -ment

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British Dictionary definitions for hereditament

hereditament

noun property law

any kind of property capable of being inherited
property that before 1926 passed to an heir if not otherwise disposed of by will
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Word Origin and History for hereditament

hereditament

"inherited property," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin hereditamentum, from Latin hereditatem (see heredity).

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