feudal system


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feu′dal sys`tem


n.
the political, military, and social system in the Middle Ages, based on the holding of lands in fief or fee and on the resulting relations between lord and vassal.
[1770–80]
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Noun1.feudal system - the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th centuryfeudal system - the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th century; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war
social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure - the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
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In the feudal system, we have seen a similar propensity exemplified.
The feudal system of industry, under which industrial production was monopolised by closed guilds, now no longer sufficed for the growing wants of the new markets.
The duration of the feudal system was co-existent with the restriction of Privilege.
The protector had become the protected, and the whole fabric of the feudal system was tottering to a fall.
Though the ancient feudal systems were not, strictly speaking, confederacies, yet they partook of the nature of that species of association.
The feudal system effectively divided all regions of Europe into many tiny isolated kingdoms.
Similar to the feudal system of Europe, a portion of the crop surplus was designated for the chiefs.
Evidence of the Norman feudal system, monastic estates and the massive sheep industry can still be seen in the modern landscape, and the aerial footage offers a rarely-seen view of these important sites.
In his historical background, Cheet listed ontological roots of the Lebanese sectarian system when he stressed the origins of the Lebanese feudal system up to the epoch of independence.
He said that in the history of Pakistan, four generals had subverted the constitution and ruled for 36 years, but none of these 'patriotic generals' could or had abolished corruption and the feudal system in the country, The Daily Times reports.
While pointing out the complexity of the issue under discussion, the consul general said it was linked with the centuries-old practice of lending and borrowing money in the feudal system and sharing crops among the lower social and economic strata of many agricultural communities and kiln workers.
He pointed out that the topic of bonded labour is a complex one that is linked to centuries-old practice of lending and borrowing money, to the feudal system and share-cropping and to the lower social and economic status of many agriculture and kiln workers.