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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.]


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


(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]
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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32) What constitutes a form of real property, a hereditament, or appurtenance is governed by state law.
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.
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.
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.
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 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".
It is not the same as a Lordship of the Manor, enshrined in English law as incorporeal hereditament - property without body.
25) A party who successfully claimed an easement by prescription not only acquired an interest which was carved out of a larger estate, but also an incorporeal right or hereditament.
Most Canadians would be shocked to learn that they live in a tenement and hereditament, although the description would be unlikely to provoke a lawyer into protestations over slovenly housekeeping and what's really behind the stove.