[her-i-dit-uh-muh nt]

noun Law.

any inheritable estate or interest in property.

Origin of hereditament

1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin hērēditāmentum, derivative of Late Latin hērēditāre. See hereditable, -ment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

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

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