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Related to severalty: concurrent ownership


 (sĕv′ər-əl-tē, sĕv′rəl-)
n. pl. sev·er·al·ties
1. Law
a. A separate and individual right to possession or ownership that is not shared with any other person.
b. Land, property, or an estate owned in severalty.
c. The quality or condition of being held or owned in severalty.
2. Archaic The quality or condition of being separate and distinct.


n, pl -ties
1. the state of being several or separate
2. (Law) (usually preceded by in) property law the tenure of property, esp land, in a person's own right and not jointly with another or others


(ˈsɛv ər əl ti, ˈsɛv rəl-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state of being separate.
2. Law.
a. (of an estate, esp. land) the condition of being held or owned by separate and individual right.
b. an estate held or owned by individual right.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French severalte]


the ownership or holding of property by separate and individual right. See also separation.
See also: Property and Ownership
the state or condition of being separate. See also property and ownership.
See also: Separation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.severalty - the state of being several and distinct
separation - the state of lacking unity
2.severalty - exclusive individual ownership
ownership - the relation of an owner to the thing possessed; possession with the right to transfer possession to others
References in classic literature ?
believed now to be sufficiently civilized to have in severalty the
149) An act to provide for the allotment of lands in severalty to Indians on the various reservations, and to extend the protection of the laws of the United States and the Territories over the Indians, and for other purposes, c 119, [section][section] 1-3, 24 Stat 388 at 388-89 (1887) (codified as amended at 25 USC [section][section] 331-33 (1994)).
Thus, the severalty of cities and capitals and division of the powers led to ruining the untidiness of the empire.
is advantageous for agricultural and grazing purposes," to allot the lands in an Indian reservation, in severalty, "to any Indian located thereon.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when the US government carried out the policy of allotment in severalty, which called for breaking up reservation lands into individual family holdings, both Indian and black tribal members were entitled to an allotment.
The issue became more complicated when Republican Senator James Lane of Kansas pointed out that in his state most Native Americans had already separated themselves from their tribes and held land in severalty.
the registration of all the agricultural and forest areas, including the ones derived from severalty.