Paravail

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Paravail (Eng. Law) At the bottom; lowest.☞ In feudal law, the tenant paravail is the lowest tenant of the fee, or he who is immediate tenant to one who holds over of another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • paravail Inferior; lowest: in feudal law, applied to the lowest tenant holding under a mean or mediate lord, as distinguished from a tenant in capite, who holds immediately of the sovereign.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Paravail par′a-vāl inferior: lowest, said of a feudal tenant: of least account—opp. to Paramount.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. par aval, below; par, through (L. per,) + aval, down; a-,L. ad,) + val,L. vallis,) a valley. Cf. Paramount
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. par aval, below—L. per, through, ad, to, vallem, a valley.