Allodial

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Allodial Anything held allodially.
    • a Allodial (Law) Pertaining to allodium; freehold; free of rent or service; held independent of a lord paramount; -- opposed to feudal; as, allodial lands; allodial system.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • allodial Pertaining to allodium or freehold; free of rent or service; held independently of a lord paramount: opposed to feudal. In the United States all lands are deemed allodial in the owner of the fee, but subject, nevertheless, to the ultimate ownership or dominion of the state. In England there are no allodial lands, all being held of the crown.
    • n allodial Property held allodially.
    • n allodial An allodialist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Allodial al-lō′di-al held independent of a superior: freehold—opp. to Feudal.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. allodialis, fr. allodium,: cf. F. allodial,. See Allodium

Usage

In literature:

Probably his new allodial Ritter gentlemen were not the most submiss, when made hereditary?
"History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. III. (of XXI.) Frederick The Great--The Hohenzollerns In Brandenburg--1412-1718" by Thomas Carlyle
It was not the change from allodial to feudal so much as from confusion to order.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 5" by Various
The case being an allodial case, must be brought before your council, since the fief of Azay is held from the crown.
"Droll Stories, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
Possessions there are, undoubtedly, of the Allodial nature.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The primitive German or allodial property is strictly reserved to the kindred.
"Ancient Law" by Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
Allodial tenures were abolished, and the Jarls were required to become his vassals.
"The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Fiske
If this division was founded upon the equal allodial rights of the brothers, it was obviously unfair.
"The Story of Norway" by Hjalmar H. Boyesen
The emperor pardoned him and permitted him to retain his allodial property on condition of his leaving Germany for three years.
"Secret Societies of the Middle Ages" by Thomas Keightley
Seigneurs who protected heretics in their lands forfeited them to the lord, or, if allodial, to the king.
"A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume II" by Henry Charles Lea
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