One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A demise acquired from a person who has himself or herself acquired the land or property in question by demise; a sublease.
with object To make a further demise of (demised land or property); to sublet.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in William Salkeld (1671–1715), serjeant-at-law and law reporter. From sub- + demise<br>early 19th century. From sub- + demise. Compare earlier sub-demise.
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