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.


  • 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

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