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[her-i-dit-uh-muh nt]
noun Law.
  1. any inheritable estate or interest in property.
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Origin of hereditament

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

  • The hereditament of a Peer: also rank of a Peer; a list of the Peers.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

    Charles Boutell

  • In this country, on the other hand, we confine the hereditament to property, abrogating it in the case of rank and power.

    Charles I

    Jacob Abbott

  • The word "inheritance" was used for hereditament, the former being merely the French form, the latter the Latin.

British Dictionary definitions for hereditament


noun property law
  1. any kind of property capable of being inherited
  2. 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

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

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