hereditament(redirected from Hereditaments)
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Any real or personal property that may be inherited. It would not include a life estate in oneself—meaning a right to land during one's own life but no longer—because that obviously can't be inherited.The word had more importance under older English law because of the ability to place a greater variety of restrictions on land than is possible today.It is often encountered in wills, leaving “all my lands, tenements and hereditaments to my daughter… .“ As a practical matter,only the word “hereditament”is necessary because it includes the other two.