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 (fĕf′mənt, fēf′-)
n. Law
The transfer of a fee.

[Middle English feffement, from Anglo-Norman feoffement, from feoffer, to put in legal possession, from Old French fief, fief; see fee.]
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(Historical Terms) (in medieval Europe) a lord's act of granting a fief to his man
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(ˈfɛf mənt, ˈfif-)
the granting of a fief.
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the granting of land to be held in fief.
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References in periodicals archive ?
What we now call a deed or indenture was then called a "feoffment," and it was used to convey title to land to one person for the benefit of another.
Con todo, feoffment to uses, con estructura fideicomisaria, no fue una innovacion de la orden franciscana, pues fue un viejo y bien conocido recurso mortis causa de los ciudadanos romanos incapaces de instituir herederos civiles en la epoca clasica.
Desde mediados del siglo XIV se habia hecho frecuente que en las investiduras de feudos los senores concedieran tan solo amplios derechos de uso (feoffment in use).
The second item on the agenda was 'to overthrow the feoffment, dangerous to church and state, going under the specious pretence of buying in impropriations'.