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socage

or soc·cage

[ sok-ij ]

noun

, Medieval English Law.
  1. a tenure of land held by the tenant in performance of specified services or by payment of rent, and not requiring military service.


socage

/ ˈsɒkɪdʒ /

noun

  1. English legal history the tenure of land by certain services, esp of an agricultural nature
  2. English law the freehold tenure of land


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Derived Forms

  • ˈsocager, noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of socage1

1275–1325; Middle English sokage < Anglo-French socage, equivalent to soc soke + -age -age
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Word History and Origins

Origin of socage1

C14: from Anglo-French, from soc soke
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Example Sentences

It empowered persons possessed of land in free socage to give or devise same for the maintenance of the poor.

All future tenures created by the king to be in free and common socage, reserving rents to the Crown and also fines on alienation.

Some of them as tenants in free socage may maintain their position; many fall down into the class of tenants in villeinage.

The agricultural services of the socage tenants had long disappeared.

Soc′ager, Soc′man, a tenant by socage; Soc′manry, tenure by socage.

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