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From Old French feoffement, fieffement. Compare Latin feoffamentum.



feoffment (plural feoffments)

  1. (law) The grant of a feud or fee.
  2. (law, Britain) A gift or conveyance in fee of land or other corporeal hereditaments, accompanied by actual delivery of possession.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Burrill to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) The instrument or deed by which corporeal hereditaments are conveyed.
    • c. 1385, William Langland, Piers Plowman, II:
      Thanne symonye and cyuile · stonden forth bothe / And vnfoldeth þe feffement · þat fals hath ymaked.


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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for feoffment in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)