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A rent paid by a freeman in lieu of the services required by feudal custom.

[Middle English quiterent : quite, free; see quite + rent, rent; see rent1.]


1. (Law) (formerly) a rent payable by a freeholder or copyholder to his lord that released him from liability to perform services
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a rent payable by a freeholder or copyholder to his lord that released him from liability to perform services
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By "what was due from the Ryazan estate" Prince Vasili meant several thousand rubles quitrent received from Pierre's peasants, which the prince had retained for himself.
During the frontier war and terrorism "20, 000 Africans were driven from their lands across the Fisher River, and a double line of blockhouses (garrisoned with troops and civilians) was built, behind which quitrent farms of 4,000 acres each were offered to the colonial settlers" (Magubane 1996: 46).
When other people intervened, telling the elder that he was acting unjustly, the elder gave it back, but with an ultimatum: "if she herself did not give [money for] quitrent payments, then in that case, not only [would the elder] sell her horse, but also take away her land and send her herself away from the village, and make her children survive on handouts from the commune.
On the contrary--you left it two hundred years ago, abandoned it, separated yourselves from it, turned it into a legal entity and an article of quitrent [a financial duty of serfs].
5) In 1686, in response, the king of England repealed the statute that had given legal validity to quitrent payments in tobacco (though it was restored in 1688).
Although inattentive proprietary governance contributed greatly to the unrest in the province, the royalization of North Carolina in 1729 hardly produced tranquility, as witnessed early by the quitrent protests in the 1730s, the Representation Controversy which virtually halted the process of government in the Northern counties during the 1740s and 1750s, remonstrances against the Lord Granville's land officers, and objections, sometimes forceful, to land speculation.
The 1715 Yamasee War removed this protection, and stagnating trade and a quitrent dispute halted land patents and slowed further settlement.
Based on his detailed investigation of quitrent rolls, land-tax records, and estate inventories, Tillson concludes that Upper Valley common folk normally engaged in small-scale agricultural production for local markets.
The relative weight of these factors depended largely on whether the serf estate was organized on the basis of quitrent (obrok), or labor services (barshchina).
The package included 2,000 [pounds sterling] in quitrents, 20,000 acres of land, and subsidies from a tobacco export tax and land surveys (H.
Land in the colony, then part of Nova Scotia, was awarded by lottery to proprietors in 1767 who undertook, as part of the conditions of their grants, to settle the colony with Protestants, pay quitrents (a form of taxation) to the Crown and to fulfill various other conditions.