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allodium Line breaks: al¦lo|dium
Pronunciation: /əˈləʊdɪəm/

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(also allod)

Definition of allodium in English:

noun (plural allodia əˈləʊdɪə)

An estate held in absolute ownership, without acknowledgement to a superior.
Example sentences
  • Such castles owned as allods by important magnates were particularly common as well in the Spanish March.
  • They did exactly what a rational actor in their position should do - they would give you an allodium in exchange for the expected future value of the property taxes on your land.
  • Even property holding allodium can be confiscated by the government, should they choose, with ‘fair’ compensation to the landowner.


Pronunciation: /əˈləʊdɪəl/
Example sentences
  • Charlemagne introduced at the turn of the eighth century a system whereby actual service was only required of men in possession of a certain amount of allodial land.
  • Here and there a few islands of allodial tenure, free of all burdens, survived from distant times.
  • We declare our own property inherently allodial and unowed, and hereby signify that its confiscation by any government is unwilling.


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin al(l)odium, used frequently in the Domesday Book, from a Germanic cognate of all + ōd 'estate'.

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