predial

adjective

pre·​di·​al ˈprē-dē-əl How to pronounce predial (audio)
: of or relating to land or its products

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Predial is used for land matters; for example, there's "predial tax" (real estate tax) or "predial larceny" (stealing crops from the fields). The state of Louisiana employs "predial" in numerous sections of its Civil Code (and is distinguished from other states by its use of the word). The word derives from the Latin noun for "landed property," "praedium." "Praedium" in turn is based on praed-, meaning "bondsman" - that is, one who is legally liable for the debt of another.

Word History

Etymology

Middle English prediall, from Medieval Latin praedialis, from Latin praedium landed property, from praed-, praes bondsman, from prae- + vad-, vas surety — more at wed

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of predial was in the 15th century

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“Predial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/predial. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

predial

adjective
pre·​di·​al ˈprē-dē-əl How to pronounce predial (audio)
in the civil law of Louisiana : of, consisting of, or relating to land
a predial lease
Etymology

Medieval Latin praedialis, from Latin praedium landed property, from praed- praes bondsman, from prae- before + vad- vas surety

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