noun Etymology: Middle English severalte, from Anglo-French severalté, from several Date: 15th century 1. the quality or state of being several ; distinctness, separateness 2. a. a sole, separate, and exclusive possession, dominion, or ownership ; one's own right without a joint interest in any other person <
tenants in severalty
b. the quality or state of being individual or particular 3. a. land owned in severalty b. the quality or state of being held in severalty

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  • severalty — sev·er·al·ty / se vrəl tē, se və rəl / n [Anglo French severalté separation, individual ownership, from several separate, several] 1: sole, separate, and exclusive ownership: one s own right without a joint interest in another person agrees to… …   Law dictionary

  • Severalty — Sev er*al*ty, n. A state of separation from the rest, or from all others; a holding by individual right. [1913 Webster] Forests which had never been owned in severalty. Bancroft. [1913 Webster] {Estate in severalty} (Law), an estate which the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • severalty — [sev′ər əltē, sev′rəltē] n. pl. severalties [ME severalte < Anglo Fr severauté: see SEVERAL + TY1] 1. the condition or character of being several or distinct 2. property owned by individual right, not shared with any other 3. the condition of… …   English World dictionary

  • severalty — See estate in severalty; in severalty; tenant in severalty …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • severalty — n. 1 separateness. 2 the individual or unshared tenure of an estate etc. (esp. in severalty). Etymology: ME f. AF severalte (as SEVERAL) …   Useful english dictionary

  • severalty — /sev euhr euhl tee, sev reuhl /, n., pl. severalties. 1. the state of being separate. 2. Law. a. (of an estate, esp. land) the condition of being held or owned by separate and individual right. b. an estate held or owned by individual right.… …   Universalium

  • severalty — noun the sole holding of property by someone. Ant: jointly …   Wiktionary

  • severalty — n. separateness, distinctness; exclusive possession, individual ownership; property held in exclusive ownership …   English contemporary dictionary

  • severalty — noun archaic the condition of being separate …   English new terms dictionary

  • severalty — sev·er·al·ty …   English syllables

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