easement

easement

[eez-muhnt]
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; Middle English esement < Old French aisement, equivalent to aise ease + -ment -ment

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easement (ˈiːzmənt)
 
n
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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easement
late 14c., from O.Fr. aisement "ease," from aisier "to ease," from aise (see ease). The meaning "legal right or privilege of using something not one's own" is from mid-15c.
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