sev·​er·​al·​ty | \ ˈsev-rəl-tē How to pronounce severalty (audio) , ˈse-və- \

Definition of severalty

1 : the quality or state of being several : distinctness, separateness
2a : a sole, separate, and exclusive possession, dominion, or ownership : one's own right without a joint interest in any other person tenants in severalty
b : the quality or state of being individual or particular
3a : land owned in severalty
b : the quality or state of being held in severalty

First Known Use of severalty

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for severalty

Middle English severalte, from Anglo-French severalté, from several

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“Severalty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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sev·​er·​al·​ty | \ ˈse-vrəl-tē, ˈse-və-rəl- How to pronounce severalty (audio) \

Legal Definition of severalty

1 : sole, separate, and exclusive ownership : one's own right without a joint interest in another person agrees to assign the lease, or some portion of it (in common or in severalty) to another operatorPacific Enterprises Oil Co. v. Pacific Petroleum Corp., 614 So. 2d 409 (1993) held the estate in severalty
2 : the quality or state of being individual, particular, or several

History and Etymology for severalty

Anglo-French severalté separation, individual ownership, from several separate, several

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