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noun sev·er·al·ty \ˈsev-rəl-tē, ˈse-və-\

Definition of severalty

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being several :  distinctness, separateness

  2. 2a :  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. 3a :  land owned in severaltyb :  the quality or state of being held in severalty



Origin of severalty

Middle English severalte, from Anglo-French severalté, from several


First Known Use: 15th century


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noun sev·er·al·ty \ˈse-vrəl-tē, ˈse-və-rəl-\

Legal Definition of severalty

  1. 1 :  sole, separate, and exclusive ownership :  one's own right without a joint interest in another person <agrees to assign the lease, or some portion of it (in common or in severalty) to another operator — Pacific Enterprises Oil Co. v. Pacific Petroleum Corp., 614 So. 2d 409 (1993)> <held the estate in severalty>

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being individual, particular, or several



Origin of severalty

Anglo-French severalté separation, individual ownership, from several separate, several


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