Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Livery Definition:


An archaic legal word from the feudal system referring to the actual legal transmission of possession of an object to another.

For example, a knight would obtain an estate in land as tenure in exchange for serving in the king’s army for 40 days a year.

The king would give exclusive possession of the land, (i.e. "livery") to the knight.

A writ of livery also developed which allowed persons to sue for possession of land under the feudal system.

Livery (now "delivery") of the land was important in completing legal possession or, as it was known in the feudal system, seisin.

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