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easement (plural easements)
- (law) Legal right to use another person's property, generally in order to cross a part of the property, or to gain access to something on the property.
- The power company has an easement to put their poles along the edge of this land.
2010, Marianne M. Jennings, Real Estate Law, pages 75:
- The unrecorded document clearly granted an easement to the hallway and Watson had the document prior to closing.
2002, William H. Pivar, Robert Bruss, California Real Estate Law, pages 383:
- Pacific Telephone had an easement "for the stringing of telephone and electric light and power wires" over the property of Salvaty.
1994, Theodore Steinberg, Nature incorporated: industrialization and the waters of New England, pages 133:
- The Lake Company actually had an easement - a right to flood some of this land - dating from 1845.
- (archaic) Relief, easing.
1666, John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to Chief of Sinners:
- This therefore was a great easement to my mind, to wit, that my sin was pardonable,...
1795, Edmund Burke, Letter To A Noble Lord:
- In a more confined application, I certainly stand in need of every kind of relief and easement much more than he does.
- (archaic, euphemistic) The act of relieving oneself: defecating or urinating
- (architecture) A curved member instead of an abrupt change of direction, as in a baseboard, handrail, etc.
legal right to use another person's property
euphemistic: act of relieving oneself
architecture: curved member