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 (sŏk′ĭj, sō′kĭj)
Feudal tenure of land by a tenant in return for agricultural or other nonmilitary services or for payment of rent in money.

[Middle English sokage, from soke, soke; see soke.]

soc′ag·er n.


1. (Law) English legal history the tenure of land by certain services, esp of an agricultural nature
2. (Law) English law the freehold tenure of land
[C14: from Anglo-French, from soc soke]
ˈsocager n


(ˈsɒk ɪdʒ)

(in medieval England) the system permitting a tenant to hold land in exchange for specified services or the payment of rent, and not requiring military service on behalf of the lord.
[1275–1325; Middle English sokage < Anglo-French socage=soc soke + -age -age]


See also: Land
See also: Property and Ownership
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Noun1.socage - land tenure by agricultural service or payment of rent; not burdened with military service
service - (law) the acts performed by an English feudal tenant for the benefit of his lord which formed the consideration for the property granted to him
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Contract notice: soccage service, hanging and framing works of art for the rigaud museum
In 1596, Rice Lewis wrote: "The Splott wherein this gent (William Bawdrippe) has builded a faire house neare Cardif and doeth now make the same his cheefe dwellingehouse holdeth the same in Soccage under the Buishope of La tyme beinge." andaphe for the Around 1614 th was acquired by S of the Van (Caer family having acq of Roath Keynsh reign of Henry VI In 1677 both th other lands were Tredegar estate ership they rem into the 20th cent Splott Farm con he manor of Splott Sir Edward Lewis rphilly), the same quired the manor ham during the III.
He has no care for food, lodging, clothes and washing, and has no taxes to pay; he is exempt from military service and soccage, and in spite of his bondage is freer than the freest Fellah in Egypt.