predial

adjective
pre·​di·​al | \ ˈprē-dē-əl How to pronounce predial (audio) \

Definition of predial

: 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.

First Known Use of predial

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for predial

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

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“Predial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/predial. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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predial

adjective
pre·​di·​al | \ ˈprē-dē-əl How to pronounce predial (audio) \

Legal Definition of predial

in the civil law of Louisiana : of, consisting of, or relating to land a predial lease

History and Etymology for predial

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

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