hereditament

noun

her·​e·​dit·​a·​ment ˌher-ə-ˈdi-tə-mənt How to pronounce hereditament (audio)
: heritable property

Word History

Etymology

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin hērēditāmentum, from Late Latin hērēditāre "to leave as an inheritance, inherit, make heir" + Latin -mentum -ment — more at heritage

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hereditament was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hereditament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hereditament. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition

hereditament

noun
her·​e·​dit·​a·​ment ˌher-ə-ˈdi-tə-mənt How to pronounce hereditament (audio)
: inheritable property
Etymology

Medieval Latin hereditamentum, from Late Latin hereditare to inherit, from Latin hered-, heres heir

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