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Definition of "fee simple" [fee simple]

  • An estate in land of which the inheritor has unqualified ownership and power of disposition. (noun)
  • Private ownership of real estate in which the owner has the right to control, use, and transfer the property at will. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fee simple" in a sentence
  • "I could not help grieving when he sent me to post up notices of the sale of the fee simple of the lands and appurtenances of Timoleague."
  • ""The Church, through the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda, whose decision and decree were approved by the Pope, has declared that the corporation system which recognizes the rights of the hierarchy is preferable to the fee simple tenure by the bishops as individuals before the civil law.""
  • "The laws further provide that every estate of inheritance shall continue to be termed a fee simple, or fee; and every such estate when not defeasible or conditional, shall be a fee simple absolute."
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