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appurtenance

[uh-pur-tn-uh ns] /əˈpɜr tn əns/
noun
1.
something subordinate to another, more important thing; adjunct; accessory.
2.
Law. a right, privilege, or improvement belonging to and passing with a principal property.
3.
appurtenances, apparatus; instruments.
Origin of appurtenance
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + -purtenance a belonging; see purtenance
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appurtenance

/əˈpɜːtɪnəns/
noun
1.
a secondary or less significant thing or part
2.
(pl) accessories or equipment
3.
(property law) a minor right, interest, or privilege which passes when the title to the principal property is transferred
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French apurtenance, from Old French apartenance, from apartenir to appertain
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Word Origin and History for appurtenances
n.

"apparatus, gear," late 14c.; see appurtenance.

appurtenance

n.

c.1300, "right, privilege or possession subsidiary to a principal one," from Anglo-French apurtenance (12c.), Old French apartenance, present participle of apartenir "be related to," from Latin appertinere "to pertain to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + pertinere "belong to" (see pertain).

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