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 total cost of the water main work is $100,000, which doesn’t include the easement. John Benson, cleveland, 14 Jan. 2021 The only outstanding approval required a stream easement and Cordish had agreed to provide one, emails show. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, 17 Dec. 2021 In addition, no temporary signage may be illuminated or placed in any public right-of-way or easement and may not pose a general public safety hazard, as determined by the city’s planning and community development department. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 6 Dec. 2021 DeLuca demanded that rights to develop the property — using a legal tool called a conservation easement — be transferred to another organization unrelated to the university. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, 3 Dec. 2021 The Coyotes will provide Sky Harbor with a navigation easement over the development that would allow the airport use of the airspace. Paulina Pineda, The Arizona Republic, 20 Nov. 2021 Six years later, the Alabama Historical Commission added to the Quinlan a perpetual façade easement that is said to have been donated by a prior owner. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 17 Nov. 2021 That decision played out in a public process, with council members signing off on a 96-year park easement agreement. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2021 The family permanently protected the land by donating a conservation easement to the Minnesota Land Trust. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of easement

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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