Hereditament

In law, a hereditament (from Lat. "hereditare", to inherit, "heres", heir) is any kind of property that can be inherited.

Hereditaments are divided into corporeal and incorporeal. Corporeal hereditaments are "such as affect the senses, and may be seen and handled by the body; incorporeal are not the subject of sensation, can neither be seen nor handled, are creatures of the mind, and exist only in contemplation" (Blackstone, "Commentaries"). An example of a corporeal hereditament is land held in freehold.

Examples of incorporeal hereditaments are: hereditary titles of honor or dignity, heritable titles of office, Prescriptive Barony, rights of way, tithes, advowsons, pensions, annuities, rents, franchises, etc. The term is still used in the phrase "lands, tenements and hereditaments" to describe property in land, as distinguished from goods and chattels or movable property.----


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  • hereditament — her‧e‧dit‧a‧ment [ˌherˈdɪtəmənt] noun [countable] LAW a piece of property that can be inheritEd: • Rates are not payable on any unoccupied hereditament for any period during which the owner was prohibited by law from occupying the property.… …   Financial and business terms

  • Hereditament — Her e*dit a*ment, n. [LL. hereditamentum. See {Hereditable}.] (Law) Any species of property that may be inherited; lands, tenements, anything corporeal or incorporeal, real, personal, or mixed, that may descend to an heir. Blackstone. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hereditament — inherited property, mid 15c., from M.L. hereditamentum, from L. hereditatem (see HEREDITY (Cf. heredity)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hereditament — [her΄ə dit′ə mənt] n. [ML hereditamentum] any property that can be inherited …   English World dictionary

  • Hereditament — That which could be inherited. As it suggests, corporeal hereditament was something physical, such as land or goods; incorporeal hereditament was intangible but real, e.g. a right to something; as *Bracton says, an incorporeal thing does not… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • hereditament — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin hereditamentum, from Late Latin hereditare to inherit, from Latin hered , heres Date: 15th century heritable property …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hereditament — /her i dit euh meuhnt/, n. Law. any inheritable estate or interest in property. [1425 75; late ME < ML hereditamentum, deriv. of LL hereditare. See HEREDITABLE, MENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • hereditament — noun /hɪˈɹɛdɪtəmənt,hɛɹɪˈdɪtəmənt/ a) Property which can be inherited. the captain [...] had been greatly enamoured; that is to say, of Mr Allworthys house and gardens, and of his lands, tenements, and hereditaments [...]. b) Inheritance …   Wiktionary

  • hereditament — her·e·dit·a·ment || ‚herɪ dɪtÉ™mÉ™nt n. property that can be inherited; inheritance …   English contemporary dictionary


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