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a. The act of easing or the condition of being eased.
b. Something that affords ease or comfort.
2. Law A right to make limited use of another's land, such as a right of way.
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1. (Law) property law the right enjoyed by a landowner of making limited use of his neighbour's land, as by crossing it to reach his own property
2. the act of easing or something that brings ease
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(ˈiz mənt)

1. a right held by one property owner to make use of the land of another for a limited purpose, as right of passage.
2. an easing; relief.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Old French]
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the right one landowner has been granted over the land of another, as the right of access to water, right of way, etc., at no charge.
See also: Land, Law
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.easement - (law) the privilege of using something that is not your own (as using another's land as a right of way to your own land)
exclusive right, prerogative, privilege, perquisite - a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right); "suffrage was the prerogative of white adult males"
public easement - any easement enjoyed by the public in general (as the public's right to use public streets)
right of way - the privilege of someone to pass over land belonging to someone else
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
2.easement - the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)easement - the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
reduction, step-down, diminution, decrease - the act of decreasing or reducing something
spasmolysis - the relaxation or relief of muscle spasms
detente - the easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations)
palliation - easing the severity of a pain or a disease without removing the cause
liberalisation, liberalization, relaxation - the act of making less strict
decompressing, decompression - relieving pressure (especially bringing a compressed person gradually back to atmospheric pressure)
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References in classic literature ?
And if the members of Municipal Councils knew a little better, they would uphold the small landowner and the mayor when the two combine to oppose the establishment of unfair easements. The fact that chateau, cottage, field, and tree are all equally sacred would then be brought home in every way to the ignorant; they would be made to understand that Right is just the same in all cases, whether the value of the property in question be large or small.
One-tenth of the cases that come before the court are caused by unfair easement. The rights of property are infringed in this way almost with impunity in many and many a commune.
where lies(Her easement open to the skies) Irene, with her Destinies!
Then she lost herself in drowsy contemplation of the soothing balm of his strength: Life poured from the ends of his fingers, driving the pain before it, or so it seemed to her, until with the easement of pain, she fell asleep and he stole away.
She knew only that she was leaning against him and that the easement and soothing rest were very good.
In the meantime the black marks against them remained for a future easement day.
A temporary easement of the Arangi's rolling gave him his opportunity, so that his forefeet were over the high combing of the companion when the next big roll came.
All my heart seemed bursting with desire to fold my arms around him, and to rest his head on my breast--his head that must be weary with so many thoughts; and to give him rest--just rest--and easement and forgetfulness for a tender space.
She felt, rather than perceived, the calm and certitude of all the muscular play of him, and she felt, too, the promise of easement and rest that was especially grateful and craved-for by one who had incessantly, for six days and at top-speed, ironed fancy starch.
Answer: memories, memories only, of things which had ceased to be, like memories of matings accomplished, of feasts forgotten, of desires that were the ghosts of desires, flaring, flaming, burning, yet unrealized in achievement of easement and satisfaction.
These contacts with the hairy coat gave him instant easement and enabled him to play out the evening.
The spirit of the place was the spirit of the peace of the living, somnolent with the easement and content of prosperity, and undisturbed by rumors of far wars.