Legal Definition and Related Resources of Hereditament

Meaning of Hereditament

Any inheritable estate or interest in property . Hereditaments are of two kinds, corporeal and incorporeal . Corporeal hereditaments refer to tangible property such as land, while incorporeal means the intangible , such as the right and profits annexed to or issuing out of land. Hereditaments are also divided into legal , that is, descending to the heirs by the rules of the common law ; or equitable, that is, those rights that existed only in equity , such as the equity of redemption . At common law again, hereditaments were divided into those whereof livery of seisin could be made such as land, and those which lay in grant whereof no livery of seisin could be made such as easements, reversions.

Synonyms of Hereditament


  • bequest
  • devise
  • heirloom
  • heritable
  • heritage
  • heritance
  • inheritable property
  • inheritance
  • patrimony
  • personal property capable of being inherited
  • property which may descend to an heir
  • real property capable of being inherited
  • Associated Concepts: corporeal hereditament
  • easement
  • incorporeal hereditament

Related Entries of Hereditament in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

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Hereditament in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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

Anything that may be inherited, be it corporeal or incorporeal, real, personal, or mixed. 5 Conn. 518; 13 N.Y. 159.

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

Hereditament in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of hereditament.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Work
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: Hereditament

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

1. Historically, any real property capable of being passed to an *heir. Corporeal hereditaments are tangible items of property, such as land and buildings. Incorporeal hereditaments are intangible rights in land, such as easements and profits a prendre.

2. A unit of land that has been separately assessed for rating purposes.



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