par·​a·​vail | \ ¦parə¦vā(ə)l\

Definition of paravail

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

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History and Etymology for paravail

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

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