Definition of hereditament in English:


Line breaks: her¦edita|ment
Pronunciation: /ˌhɛrɪˈdɪtəm(ə)nt
, hɪˈrɛdɪt-/


Law , • dated
  • 1Any item of property, either a corporeal hereditament (land or a building) or an incorporeal hereditament (such as a rent), that can be inherited: rates were not payable on any unoccupied hereditament
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    • 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.


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

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