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A rent paid by a freeman in lieu of the services required by feudal custom.

[Middle English quiterent : quite, free; see quite + rent, rent; see rent1.]


1. (Law) (formerly) a rent payable by a freeholder or copyholder to his lord that released him from liability to perform services
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a rent payable by a freeholder or copyholder to his lord that released him from liability to perform services
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By "what was due from the Ryazan estate" Prince Vasili meant several thousand rubles quitrent received from Pierre's peasants, which the prince had retained for himself.
Most of these serfs owed quitrent (obrok) rather than the more onerous direct labor services, and "thus the estate comprised a continuum of authority, with the male patriarch at the top of a many-layered hierarchy" (47).
During the frontier war and terrorism "20, 000 Africans were driven from their lands across the Fisher River, and a double line of blockhouses (garrisoned with troops and civilians) was built, behind which quitrent farms of 4,000 acres each were offered to the colonial settlers" (Magubane 1996: 46).
When other people intervened, telling the elder that he was acting unjustly, the elder gave it back, but with an ultimatum: "if she herself did not give [money for] quitrent payments, then in that case, not only [would the elder] sell her horse, but also take away her land and send her herself away from the village, and make her children survive on handouts from the commune.
On the contrary--you left it two hundred years ago, abandoned it, separated yourselves from it, turned it into a legal entity and an article of quitrent [a financial duty of serfs].
The New Paltz settlers obtained a patent for nearly 40,000 acres of land in 1677 in exchange for a yearly quitrent of five bushels of good winter wheat.
Ils ne quitrent pas le desoeuvrement pour rencontrer l'amour lui-meme, les femmes leur sont interdites.
Quitrent refers to land held under individual perpetual lease by means of a nominal payment to the government.
5) In 1686, in response, the king of England repealed the statute that had given legal validity to quitrent payments in tobacco (though it was restored in 1688).
that British officials found a crop which was compatible with some sort of quitrent system whereby the government could actually treat land as a commodity.
By 1956, the Chief Magistrate complained that, `the last returns of native taxes show that outstandings in respect of local tax [hut tax], quitrent, stock rate and General Council levy [poll tax] are considerable'.