One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A reserving clause in a deed, especially the clause in a lease that specifies the amount of the rent and when it should be paid.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Cowell (1554–1611), civil lawyer. From classical Latin reddendum, neuter singular of reddendus, gerundive of reddere to give back, probably substituted for classical Latin reddendō as used in post-classical Latin in legal use.
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