feudal system

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feu′dal sys`tem

the political, military, and social system in the Middle Ages, based on the holding of lands in fief or fee and on the resulting relations between lord and vassal.
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Noun1.feudal system - the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th centuryfeudal system - the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th century; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war
social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure - the people in a society considered as a system organized by a characteristic pattern of relationships; "the social organization of England and America is very different"; "sociologists have studied the changing structure of the family"
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In the feudal system, we have seen a similar propensity exemplified.
The feudal system of industry, under which industrial production was monopolised by closed guilds, now no longer sufficed for the growing wants of the new markets.
The Roman Church, firmly established in every corner of every land, was the actual inheritor of much of the unifying power of the Roman government, and the feudal system everywhere gave to society the same political organization and ideals.
The duration of the feudal system was co-existent with the restriction of Privilege.
The protector had become the protected, and the whole fabric of the feudal system was tottering to a fall.
Though the ancient feudal systems were not, strictly speaking, confederacies, yet they partook of the nature of that species of association.
The tribal and feudal system also hinders the development and promotion of this sector, as women are not allowed to play their vital role in a free environment.
'I strongly oppose the feudal system and believe in transforming Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state based on the ideology of Allama Iqbal-my ideological role model,' Imran told an inauguration ceremony of a lawyers' club.
Will Wali be able to provide justice to his wives and stand up against the feudal system?
The entities of a feudal system are dependent on the feudal lord or king.
I am forever gobsmacked that the feudal system we still have in Scotland results in half of our land being owned by 432 people.
Presenter Bragg (right) argues how John Ball, a 14th-century cleric who was at the heart of the revolt against the feudal system in medieval times which led to his execution.