Definition of hereditament in English:

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hereditament

Pronunciation: /ˌherəˈdidəmənt/

noun

Law , dated
1Any item of property, either a corporeal hereditament (such as land or a building) or an incorporeal hereditament (such as a rent or a right of way).
Example sentences
  • The 1924 Contract was never, so far as is known, completed by the formal legal transfer of the lands and hereditaments comprised in it.
  • The Confederacy would therefore now seize all ‘lands, hereditaments, goods and chattels, rights and credits’ owned by Northern citizens in the South.
  • ‘Land’ includes a rent or other incorporeal hereditament.
1.1An item of inheritance.

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin hereditamentum, from ecclesiastical Latin hereditare 'inherit', from Latin heres, hered- 'heir'.

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Syllabification: her·e·dit·a·ment

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