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Definition of allodium in English:
noun (plural allodia əˈləʊdɪə)historical
- 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.
- 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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