Legal Definition and Related Resources of Freehold

Meaning of Freehold

An estate in land of indeterminate duration. It may be one of inheritance , that is, in fee simple or not of inheritance but for life. An estate held by free tenure as distinguished from copyhold or villeinage . It was originally an estate held by a free man , as opposed to villeinage.

Freehold Alternative Definition

See “Estates.”

Synonyms of Freehold


  • acres
  • domain
  • estate
  • estate for life
  • estate in fee
  • fee simple
  • feud
  • fief
  • hereditament
  • immune
  • interest in real property
  • land
  • landed estate
  • landed property
  • life estate
  • praedium liberum
  • property
  • real property
  • realty
  • territory
  • vested interest in land

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Freehold in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Related Legal Terms

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Mentioned in these terms

Abeyance, Benefice, Cemetery, Chattels, Conditional Fee, Copyhold, Demesne, Disseisin, Ejectment, Estate, Estate For Life Or Life Estate, Estate For Years, Estate Of Inheritance, Executor De Son Tort, Executory Devise, Heirs Of The Body, Infeudation, Jointure, Life Estate, Livery Of Seisin, Purchase, Real Estate, Seisin, Rule In Shelley’s Case, , Tenant By The Curtesy, Tenement.


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Freehold in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

The possessions of soil by a freeman. such estate as requires actual possession of the land. An estate in real property, of inheritance or for life; or, the term by which it is held. Any estate of inheritance or for life, in real property, whether it be a corporeal or incorporeal hereditament, 4 Kent 21. Also, the land itself. See Abatement.

Note: This legal definition of Freehold in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.


See Also

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  • Freehold in Law Enforcement

    Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of freehold. This legal term is related to the United Kingom and/or the English Legal System.


    See Also

    • Law Enforcement Officer
    • Police Work
    • Law Enforcement Agency

    Further Reading

    English Legal System: Freehold

    In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Freehold :

    The most complete form of ownership of land: a legal estate held in *fee simple absolute in possessio

    Concept of Freehold in the context of Real Property

    A short definition of Freehold: An estate, at least of duration of a lifetime, or of fee.

    Concept of Freehold in the context of Real Property

    A short definition of Freehold: An estate, at least of duration of a lifetime, or of fee.




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