ALLODIUM

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 An estate held by absolute ownership, without recognizing any superior to whom any duty is due on account thereof. In the U.S. the title to land is essentially allodial, and every tenant in fee simple has an absolute and unqualified dominion over it; yet in technical language his estate is said to be in fee, a word which implies a feudal relationship, although such relation has ceased to exist in any form, while in several states the lands have been declared to be allodial. In England there was no allodial-tenure, for all land is held mediately or immediately ot the king; but the words “tenancy in fee simple” are there properly used to express the most absolute dominion which a man can have over his property.