: the part of a deed that limits and defines an estate of ownership granted and sometimes the type of tenancy by which the estate is to be held

Note: The habendum is now often just a formality.

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, to be had, neuter of habendus, future passive participle of habēre to have, to hold (the first word of this part of the deed)

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Cite this Entry

“Habendum.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/habendum. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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