AskDefine | Define enfeoff

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enfeoff v : put in possession of land in exchange for a pledge of service, in feudal society; "He enfeoffed his son-in-law with a large estate in Scotland"

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  1. To put (a person) in legal possession of a freehold interest; to transfer a fief to.

Extensive Definition

Under the feudal system, enfeoffment was the deed by which a person was given land in exchange for a pledge of service. This mechanism was later used to avoid restrictions on the passage of title in land by a system in which a landowner would give land to one person for the use of another. The common law of estates in land grew from this concept.

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