feudal law
: being below or at the bottom
used especially of a tenant who holds of a tenant, especially the lowest tenant of the fee in immediate possession

Word History


Anglo-French paravale, from Old French par aval below, from par by + aval down, from a to + val valley

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“Paravail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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