Definition - What does Hereditament mean?

Hereditament is an archaic word used to describe anything that can be inherited. It is most commonly used in references to real and personal property that is either tangible or intangible. However, it can also be used to refer to rights associated with or stemming from the acquisition of certain property.

Justipedia explains Hereditament

A hereditament generally falls into one of two categories: corporeal or incorporeal.

  1. The former category includes any fixed objects that are visible, can be touched and are bound to the land. Some common examples are houses, minerals, rocks or timber.
  2. The latter category includes any rights that are associated with or stem from the inheritance of real property or personal property. Examples of this would be the right to build on a certain parcel of land belonging to someone else, or the right to use it for recreation.
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