One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The condition of being separate.‘the original severalty and subsequent consolidation of the different portions of Attica’
- ‘There exists in this country an endemic resistance to a single thing on a plate and equally an equation between quality and severalty.’
(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.’
- ‘‘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.’’
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French severalte, from several (see several).
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