One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of land) in one's own right as private property, rather than in interest with another.‘the arable lands are held in severalty, while pasture and bog are in common’
- ‘The government of Canada received a request from myself and my family for land in severalty and tax exemption.’
- ‘In Oklahoma, the Apache land was allotted in severalty under the General Allotment Act of 1887 (also known as the Dawes Act); Oklahoma Apaches became citizens of the new state of Oklahoma and of the United States in 1907.’
- ‘‘Indeed, it is a fact of observation that those who own common property, and share in its management, are far more often at variance with one another than those who have property in severalty.’’
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