- any law exempting homesteads from seizure or sale for debt.
- any law making public lands available to settlers to be used as farms.
- any of various state laws granting special property tax exemptions or other privileges to homesteaders.
Origin of homestead law
An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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- (in the US and Canada) any of various laws conferring certain privileges on owners of homesteads