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easement

[eez-muh nt] /ˈiz mənt/
noun
1.
Law. a right held by one property owner to make use of the land of another for a limited purpose, as right of passage.
2.
an easing; relief.
3.
something that gives ease; a convenience.
4.
Architecture. a curved joint.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English esement < Old French aisement, equivalent to aise ease + -ment -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for easement

easement

/ˈiːzmənt/
noun
1.
(property law) the right enjoyed by a landowner of making limited use of his neighbour's land, as by crossing it to reach his own property
2.
the act of easing or something that brings ease
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Word Origin and History for easement
n.

late 14c., "compensation, redress," from Old French aisement "comfort, convenience; use, enjoyment," from aisier "to ease," from aise (see ease). The meaning "legal right or privilege of using something not one's own" is from early 15c.

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