One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The part of a deed or conveyance which states the estate or quantity of interest to be granted, e.g. the term of a lease.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The use of the adverb 'only' both in the recital and in the habendum put this beyond argument.’
- ‘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.’
Latin, literally ‘that is to be had’, gerundive of habere ‘have’.
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