hereditament

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From mediaeval Latin hērēditāmentum, from late Latin hērēditō (to inherit), from hērēdem (heir).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /hɪˈɹɛdɪtəmənt/, /hɛɹɪˈdɪtəmənt/

Noun[edit]

hereditament (plural hereditaments)

  1. (law) Property which can be inherited.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1979, p. 25:
      the captain [...] had been greatly enamoured; that is to say, of Mr Allworthy's house and gardens, and of his lands, tenements, and hereditaments [...].
  2. Inheritance.