noun[mass noun] archaic
- Law (Of land) in one’s own right as private property, rather than in interest with another: the arable lands are held in severalty, while pasture and bog are in commonMore example sentences
- ‘Indeed, it is a fact of observation that those who own common property, and share in its management, are far more often at variance with one another than those who have property in severalty.’
- In Oklahoma, the Apache land was allotted in severalty under the General Allotment Act of 1887 (also known as the Dawes Act); Oklahoma Apaches became citizens of the new state of Oklahoma and of the United States in 1907.
- The government of Canada received a request from myself and my family for land in severalty and tax exemption.
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