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 (ĕn-fēf′, -fĕf′)
tr.v. en·feoffed, en·feoff·ing, en·feoffs
To invest with a feudal estate or fee.

[Middle English enfeffen, from Anglo-Norman enfeoffer : Old French en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + Old French fief, fief; see fee.]

en·feoff′ment n.


1. the act of investing with an estate held in fee.
2. the deed that enfeoffs.
3. the possession of a fief or estate held in fee.
See also: Property and Ownership
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enfeoffment - under the feudal system, the deed by which a person was given land in exchange for a pledge of service
deed, deed of conveyance, title - a legal document signed and sealed and delivered to effect a transfer of property and to show the legal right to possess it; "he signed the deed"; "he kept the title to his car in the glove compartment"
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"
References in classic literature ?
I confess, then, that nothing would have surprised me in your enfeoffment, or rather in that of your diocese, to M.
The Mac descendants were to be reminded in their names of the royal graces of enfeoffment and the responsibilities expected of them as hereditary vassals.
The enfeoffment of the Jin nobles by the Zhou king was interpreted by Sima Guang [phrase omitted] (1019-1086) as the end of the ritually mandated order of the Zhou era (see Zizhi tongjian [phrase omitted] [Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 1992], 1.1-6).
As a result, the former zone or regional boundaries were gradually replaced with linear boundaries, which from the 14th to 15th centuries were fixed by feudal enfeoffment letters and purchase-and-sale agreements.
The use was a form of land trust that "entailed the transfer of legal title (enfeoffment) to a person who was to hold the property (the feoffee to uses) for the benefit of another (the cestui que use)." (47) Fiduciary concepts were subsequently developed and extended by courts of equity that supervised trust and "quasi-trust" relationships.
"enfeoffment of livery of seisin" precisely because this
(43.) According to Alice, John Layston transferred the property to Fanshawe through enfeoffment, a very public form of sale that required witnesses.
According to a report drawn up by the latter two, Taube and Kruse announced that Ivan the Terrible was not going to tolerate the presence of Swedes and Poles in Livonia, and to avoid the ensuing bloodshed the Tsar was proposing the enfeoffment of the Tartu Bishopric to Magnus, the Danish Crown designated as the beneficiary after Magnus' death; the Duke would also be granted possession of other territories conquered by Russians, over which the Tsar would retain his hereditary rights and the prerogative to offer protection.