Definition of habendum in English:



  • The part of a deed or conveyance that states the estate or quantity of interest to be granted, e.g., the term of a lease.

    • ‘Such was also the ancient English form of the habendum, except that the term ‘only’ was used instead of ‘sole.’’
    • ‘Even assuming that the term could be so interpreted, plaintiffs argue, the habendum would be inconsistent with the terms of the grant and therefore invalid.’
    • ‘The use of the adverb 'only' both in the recital and in the habendum put this beyond argument.’
    • ‘The two habendums, if one can call them so, agree entirely, though, as in the former deed, perhaps the second habendum may be considered as emphasizing the rights which the bridegroom took under the deed.’
    • ‘The habendum states that the donee, her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, is to hold the said premises with all the donor's right, title and interest thereto free from dispute.’


Early 17th century: Latin, literally (that is) to be had.