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paravail

[par-uh-veyl, par-uh-veyl] /ˌpær əˈveɪl, ˈpær əˌveɪl/
adjective, Old English Law.
1.
being below or inferior to all others; specifically, being a tenant of one who holds land of another who is also a tenant:
a tenant paravail.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Old French par aval down (of direction, position), equivalent to par through, by (see per-) + aval, a val down < Latin ad vallem literally, to the valley
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