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Related to hereditament: Incorporeal hereditament, appurtenance


Property that can be inherited.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin hērēditāmentum, from Late Latin hērēditāre, to inherit, from Latin hērēs, hērēd-, heir; see ghē- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. (Law) any kind of property capable of being inherited
2. (Law) property that before 1926 passed to an heir if not otherwise disposed of by will
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(ˌhɛr ɪˈdɪt ə mənt)

n. Law.
any inheritable estate or interest in property.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin hērēditāmentum, derivative of Late Latin hērēditāre to inherit, derivative of Latin hērēs, s. hērēd- heir. See -ment]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hereditament - any property (real or personal or mixed) that can be inherited
belongings, property, holding - something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone; "that hat is my property"; "he is a man of property";
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References in classic literature ?
To deal plainly with the reader, the captain, ever since his arrival, at least from the moment his brother had proposed the match to him, long before he had discovered any flattering symptoms in Miss Bridget, had been greatly enamoured; that is to say, of Mr Allworthy's house and gardens, and of his lands, tenements, and hereditaments; of all which the captain was so passionately fond, that he would most probably have contracted marriage with them, had he been obliged to have taken the witch of Endor into the bargain.
She added that the resignation of these members follows the application of the decree on the census of public property and their transfer to municipalities to create a hereditament.
(All statutory citations in this Article refer to the current statute unless otherwise indicated.) The issue for Arizona's courts is whether rights can be an "incorporeal hereditament" incident to an estate in land, the transferring of which constitutes a realty-interest transfer.
They argued that in 1997, when Alfa Romeo/Fita came into existence, if it wasn't for the construction of road known as Hadfield Road dividing the two sites, an agreement would have been reached with the Valuation Office and both Mazda and Alfa Romeo/Fiat would have been entered into the rating list as a single hereditament.
The right to bear arms is, in my opinion, to be regarded as a dignity and not as property within the true sense of that term....} It was not contended before me that armorial bearings were an incorporeal hereditament, and in any case it is clear that the right to bear arms is not a matter cognisable by the common law which seems to show that there is no property in arms in the legal sense, otherwise the courts of law would protect them.
(186) Because the abandonment of real property necessarily entails indifference as to the identity of the subsequent owner, it is wrong to refer to the abandonment of an incorporeal hereditament. When such an interest is "abandoned," the interest in question reverts to the owner of the previously burdened estate.
There are more crossovers, 4x4 choices are leaning towards the compact and generally those who enjoy a mixed hereditament lifestyle are spending their money on versatility.
"This is defined in the Local Government Finance Act 1988 as 'matters affecting the physical state or a physical enjoyment of the hereditament' (property)."
Lord Cowley sought to restrain his former wife from this use, presumably on the theory that his peerage was a form of property, albeit an incorporeal hereditament. The House of Lords, sitting as a Committee for Privileges, however, ruled that, although Countess Cowley used Earl Cowley's name, she had neither endeavored to participate or to share in his hereditary privilege of earldom, nor had she caused him any pecuniary damage.
The other side of the coin, of course, is that the life tenant is not to commit "waste" upon the hereditament, thus depriving those who come after of its capital value.
Confusion exists because of the terminology in the 1988 Local Government Finance Act which states that a hereditament is to be treated as being for charitable purposes if it is "wholly or mainly used for the sale of goods donated to charity".