ease·​ment | \ ˈēz-mənt How to pronounce easement (audio) \

Definition of easement

1 : an act or means of easing or relieving (as from discomfort)
2 : an interest in land owned by another that entitles its holder to a specific limited use or enjoyment also : an area of land covered by an easement

Examples of easement in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The easement says construction is prohibited in the park, although there are exceptions, including, for example, fences around the park’s perimeter to protect the wetlands. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "North Royalton grants conservation easement to West Creek Conservancy to preserve new Chippewa Creek Headwaters Park," 16 Dec. 2020 The cost of the easement has been negotiated at $52,300. Steve Smith, courant.com, "Simsbury selectmen discuss re-draw of parcel in bike path easement deal," 4 Dec. 2020 The revocation of the easement requires the pipeline to stop sending oil by May 2021. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump looks to beat Biden with fast oil lease sale in Arctic refuge," 16 Nov. 2020 Today, most of the farm’s 1,400 acres are covered by a conservation easement that prevents further development. Washington Post, "A Virginia state senator found headstones on his property. It brought to light a historic injustice in D.C.," 26 Oct. 2020 Court papers shed more light on the other easement under investigation. Susanne Craig, New York Times, "Trump’s Philanthropy: Big Tax Write-Offs and Claims That Don’t Always Add Up," 23 Oct. 2020 The easement at 20 Tariffville Road and the residential property on Holcomb Street are both owned by Lisa Antonio, with the commercial property listed under Stardust, LLC. Steve Smith, courant.com, "Simsbury selectmen discuss re-draw of parcel in bike path easement deal," 4 Dec. 2020 In a unanimous vote Tuesday evening, the Provo City Council approved a resolution asking the Utah County Commission to place Bridal Veil Falls under a conservation easement. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Provo City Council calls on county to preserve Bridal Veil Falls," 2 Dec. 2020 Samson’s Harbor Farm has yet to be bridled by a conservation easement of any kind. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Hot property: A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a mile of Maryland shoreline," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of easement

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Easement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/easement. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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ease·​ment | \ ˈēz-mənt How to pronounce easement (audio) \

Legal Definition of easement

: an interest in land owned by another that entitles its holder to a specific limited use or enjoyment (as the right to cross the land or have a view continue unobstructed over it) — see also dominant estate and servient estate at estate sense 4 — compare license, profit sense 2, right-of-way, servitude
affirmative easement
: an easement entitling a person to do something affecting the land of another that would constitute trespass or a nuisance if not for the easement — compare negative easement in this entry
apparent easement
: an easement whose existence is detectable by its outward appearance (as by the presence of a water pipe)
appurtenant easement \ ə-​ˈpərt-​ᵊn-​ənt-​ \
: easement appurtenant in this entry
common easement
: an easement in which the owner of the land burdened by the easement retains the privilege of sharing the benefits of the easement

called also nonexclusive easement

— compare exclusive easement in this entry
conservation easement
: an easement granted by a landowner to a public or private entity (as a land trust) in which the landowner agrees to restrictions on use of the land (as from development) and the holder agrees to enforce the restrictions
determinable easement
: an easement that will terminate upon the happening of a specific event or contingency
easement appurtenant easements appurtenant
: an easement attached to and benefiting a dominant estate and burdening a servient estate — compare easement in gross in this entry

Note: Easements appurtenant run with the land and are therefore passed when the property is transferred.

easement by estoppel
: an easement that is created when the conduct of the owner of land leads another to reasonably believe that he or she has an interest in the land so that he or she acts or does not act in reliance on that belief
easement by implication
: an easement that is created by operation of law when an owner severs property into two parcels in such a way that an already existing, obvious, and continuous use of one parcel (as for access) is necessary for the reasonable enjoyment of the other parcel

called also easement by necessity, implied easement, way of necessity

easement by prescription
: an easement created by the open, notorious, uninterrupted, hostile, and adverse use of another's land for 20 years or for a period set by statute

called also prescriptive easement

easement in gross
: an easement that is a personal right of its holder to a use of another's land and that is not dependent on ownership of a dominant estate

called also personal easement

— compare easement appurtenant in this entry

Note: Utility companies often own easements in gross.

exclusive easement
: an easement that the holder has the right to enjoy to the exclusion of all others — compare common easement in this entry
implied easement
: easement by implication in this entry
negative easement
: an easement that entitles the holder to prevent the owner of land from using the land for a purpose or in a way that would otherwise be permitted
nonexclusive easement
: common easement in this entry
personal easement
: easement in gross in this entry
prescriptive easement
: easement by prescription in this entry
quasi easement
: the use by the owner of two adjoining parcels of land of one of the parcels to benefit the other

Note: A quasi easement may become an easement upon the transfer of one or both of the parcels.

reciprocal negative easement
: an easement created by operation of law and held by the owner of a lot in a residential development that entitles the holder to enforce restrictions that were part of the general development scheme against the developer and subsequent buyers who purchase free of the restrictions

History and Etymology for easement

Anglo-French esement, literally, benefit, convenience, from Old French aisement, from aisier to ease, assist

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