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paravail

[ par-uh-veyl, par-uh-veyl ]
/ ˌpær əˈveɪl, ˈpær əˌveɪl /
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adjective Old English Law.
being below or inferior to all others; specifically, being a tenant of one who holds land of another who is also a tenant: a tenant paravail.
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Origin of paravail

1525–35; <Old French par aval down (of direction, position), equivalent to par through, by (see per-) + aval, a val down <Latin ad vallem literally, to the valley
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