Meaning of severalty in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɛv(ə)r(ə)lti/


mass noun archaic
  • The condition of being separate.

    ‘the original severalty and subsequent consolidation of the different portions of Attica’
    • ‘There exists in this country an endemic resistance to a single thing on a plate and equally an equation between quality and severalty.’


    in severalty
    • (of land) in one's own right as private property, rather than in interest with another.

      ‘the arable lands are held in severalty, while pasture and bog are in common’
      • ‘‘Indeed, it is a fact of observation that those who own common property, and share in its management, are far more often at variance with one another than those who have property in severalty.’’
      • ‘In Oklahoma, the Apache land was allotted in severalty under the General Allotment Act of 1887 (also known as the Dawes Act); Oklahoma Apaches became citizens of the new state of Oklahoma and of the United States in 1907.’
      • ‘The government of Canada received a request from myself and my family for land in severalty and tax exemption.’


Late Middle English from Anglo-Norman French severalte, from several (see several).