• WordNet 3.6
    • n severalty exclusive individual ownership
    • n severalty the state of being several and distinct
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Severalty A state of separation from the rest, or from all others; a holding by individual right. "Forests which had never been owned in severalty ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n severalty A state of separation from the rest, or from all others: used chiefly of the tenure of property.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Severalty sole tenancy of property
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. separāre, to separate.


In literature:

The group is made up of individuals, and the group's life is the life of individuals carried on in at least ostensible severalty.
"The Theory of the Leisure Class" by Thorstein Veblen
SEVERALTY, n. Separateness, as, lands in severalty, i.e., lands held individually, not in joint ownership.
"The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce
Lands should be allotted to the Indians in severalty, inalienable for a certain period.
"Messages and Papers of Rutherford B. Hayes" by James D. Richardson
Lands in severalty have been allotted to many of them.
"Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
You can talk about the government and land in severalty.
"The American Missionary, October, 1890, Vol. XLIV., No. 10" by Various
To-day, by reason of the Dawes Bill, land is open to the Indians in severalty.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 12, December, 1889" by Various
Lords to take 80 acres in severalty.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
Lands were allotted in severalty, certain coal, oil, and asphalt lands being reserved.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
Lands have been allotted in severalty to over two hundred.
"The Indian Question (1874)" by Francis A. Walker
Its slogan was the same as that of the others: Education; Land in Severalty; Citizenship!
"The Indian Today" by Charles A. Eastman
The Dawes Act of 1887 had substituted severalty for tribal landholdings among the Indians.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
But his practice is proof of our impotent severalty.
"The Critical Game" by John Albert Macy
These people were clamorous for allotments of land in severalty.
"Wigwam and War-path; Or the Royal Chief in Chains" by A. B. (Alfred Benjamin) Meacham