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Designating or relating to land tenure in India characterized by direct settlement between the government and the cultivators, without the intervention of a zamindar or landlord.
The ryotwari system of land tenure.
Early 19th century. From Urdu raʿīyatwārī and its etymon Indian Persian raʿīyatwārī from raʿīyatwār + -ī, suffix forming adjectives expressing belonging, probably after zamīndārī.
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