Duhaime's Law Dictionary Hereditas Definition: Latin: the estate of a deceased person. Also spelled hæreditas. An estate or an inheritance. A term of Roman law, of the civil law and, later, of the early English common law of probate and estates. REFERENCES: Burrill, A., Law Dictionary and Glossary, Vol. II (New York: Baker, Voorhis & Co., Law Publishers, 1867), page 5 Howe, W., Studies in the Civil Law (Littleton, Colorado: Fred B. Rothman & Co., 1980), page 68-69 Monier, R., Vocabulaire de Droit Romain (Paris: Editions Domat, 1948), page 134 Categories & Topics: Dictionary of Latin Law Terms Duhaime's Trusts, Wills, Estates and Probate Law Dictionary Always looking up definitions? Save time with our search provider (modern browsers only) If you find an error or omission in Duhaime's Law Dictionary, or if you have suggestion for a legal term, we'd love to hear from you!