One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A permanent and absolute tenure of an estate in land with freedom to dispose of it at will, especially (in full fee simple absolute) a freehold tenure, which is the main type of land ownership.
- ‘An estate in property includes a freehold estate (a fee simple or life estate) and a leasehold estate.’
- ‘This confers a legal interest on the mortgagee and thus may be granted only by a mortgagor who has a legal estate in the land: either the fee simple or a lease.’
- ‘We are in furious agreement that it is a full fee simple, but what price would it fetch on the open market and what terms must one attribute to the hypothetical sale?’
- ‘A person is not entitled to dispose of the fee simple if he needs the consent of others to dispose of it and has not got it.’
- ‘One of the things that happens when you get a fee simple is that you can dispose of a fee simple.’
fee simple/ˈfē ˈˌsimpəl/
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