feudal system


feudal system
the social and economic system operating in England from the 11th century and in Scotland from the 12th century and having as its legal manifestation the holding (rather than ownership) of land via a hierarchical system of tenures. In England, the main incidents of feudal tenure were abolished in 1660 with the Tenures Abolition Act, although theoretically freehold land is still regarded as being held of the Crown. In Scotland, the feudal system still operates although it has been declining in importance since the Land Tenure Reform Act 1974. The Scottish parliament intends to legislate to abolish the feudal system in Scotland. It is still relevant in the Channel Islands.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

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  • feudal system — n. FEUDALISM …   English World dictionary

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  • feudal system — The system of feuds. A political and social system which prevailed throughout Europe during the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries, and is supposed to have grown out of the peculiar usages and policy of the Teutonic nations who overran… …   Black's law dictionary

  • feudal system — The system of feuds. A political and social system which prevailed throughout Europe during the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries, and is supposed to have grown out of the peculiar usages and policy of the Teutonic nations who overran… …   Black's law dictionary

  • feudal system — The economic and social control of the medieval period, characterized by a stratification of the populace into classes of lords, men of arms, and serfs, its most important feature from the standpoint of the law being the system of land tenure.… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • feudal system — the political, military, and social system in the Middle Ages, based on the holding of lands in fief or fee and on the resulting relations between lord and vassal. [1770 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • feudal system — n. political and social system of medieval Europe in which vassals were protected by lords whom they served in times of war …   English contemporary dictionary

  • feudal system — feu′dal sys tem n. why the political, military, and social system in the Middle Ages, based on the holding of lands in fief or fee and on the resulting relations between lord and vassal • Etymology: 1770–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • feudal system — noun feudalism …   Wiktionary

  • feudal system — Synonyms and related words: absolute monarchy, aristocracy, autarchy, autocracy, autonomy, coalition government, colonialism, commonwealth, constitutional government, constitutional monarchy, democracy, dictatorship, dominion rule, duarchy,… …   Moby Thesaurus


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