: a law protecting a homestead (see homestead entry 1 sense 1a) from seizure or sale while the owner is being held liable for a debt
For the owner of a $125,000 house that's a primary residence and protected by state homestead laws, the value will increase only 2.1 percent, and $50,000 in value will be tax-exempt.—Brittany Wallman
: any of several legislative acts authorizing the sale or free provision of public lands in homesteads (see homestead entry 1 sense 2)
Our land laws for the entry of agricultural lands are now as follows: The original homestead law, with the requirements of residence and cultivation for five years, much more strictly enforced now than ever before.—William Howard Taft
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