Definition of severalty in English:

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severalty

Pronunciation: /ˈsɛv(ə)r(ə)lti/

noun

[mass noun] archaic
The condition of being separate: the original severalty and subsequent consolidation of the different portions of Attica
More example sentences
  • There exists in this country an endemic resistance to a single thing on a plate and equally an equation between quality and severalty.

Phrases

in severalty

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 common
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  • ‘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.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French severalte, from several (see several).

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