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feudal

[fyood-l] /ˈfyud l/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or like the feudal system, or its political, military, social, and economic structure.
2.
of or relating to the Middle Ages.
3.
of, relating to, or of the nature of a fief or fee:
a feudal estate.
4.
of or relating to the holding of land in a fief or fee.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Medieval Latin feudālis. See feud2, -al1
Related forms
feudally, adverb
antifeudal, adjective
nonfeudal, adjective
nonfeudally, adverb
prefeudal, adjective
quasi-feudal, adjective
quasi-feudally, adverb
unfeudal, adjective
unfeudally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for un feudal

feudal1

/ˈfjuːdəl/
adjective
1.
of, resembling, relating to, or characteristic of feudalism or its institutions
2.
of, characteristic of, or relating to a fief Compare allodial
3.
(derogatory) old-fashioned, reactionary, etc
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin feudālis, from feudumfeud²

feudal2

/ˈfjuːdəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a feud or quarrel
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Word Origin and History for un feudal

feudal

adj.

1610s, from Medieval Latin feudalis, from feudum "feudal estate," of Germanic origin (cf. Gothic faihu "property," Old High German fihu "cattle;" see fee). Related to Middle English feodary "one who holds lands of an overlord in exchange for service" (late 14c.).

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