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[sev-er-uh l-tee, sev-ruh l-]
noun, plural sev·er·al·ties.
  1. the state of being separate.
  2. Law.
    1. (of an estate, especially land) the condition of being held or owned by separate and individual right.
    2. an estate held or owned by individual right.
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Origin of severalty

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Anglo-French word severalte. See several, -ty2
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Examples from the Web for severalty

Historical Examples of severalty

  • These people were clamorous for allotments of land in severalty.

    Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains

    A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham

  • The land is not held in severalty, as in America, but by communities.

    The Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan

  • In all the treaties provision is made for finally dividing the land among the Indians in severalty.

  • To hold material things either in community or severalty was in either case to bind oneself to the evil principle.

  • They are now citizens, having lands allotted in severalty (about 1889) in the north-eastern part of Indian Territory.

British Dictionary definitions for severalty


noun plural -ties
  1. the state of being several or separate
  2. (usually preceded by in) property law the tenure of property, esp land, in a person's own right and not jointly with another or others
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