Definition of emphyteusis
: a Roman and civil law contract by which a grant is made of a right either perpetual or for a long period to the possession and enjoyment of originally agricultural land subject to the keeping of the land in cultivation or from depreciation, the payment of a fixed annual rent, and some other conditions; also : the heritable and alienable right so granted or the tenure by which it is held
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Origin and Etymology of emphyteusis
Late Latin, from Late Greek, from Greek emphyteuein to implant (from em- 2en- + phyteuein to plant, from phyton plant) + -sis
First Known Use: circa 1618See Words from the same year
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