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Anything that can be passed by an individual to heirs.

There are two types of hereditaments: corporeal and incorporeal.

A corporeal hereditament is a permanent tangible object that can be seen and handled and is confined to the land. Materials, such as coal, timber, stone, or a house are common examples of this type of hereditament.

An incorporeal hereditament is an intangible right, which is not visible but is derived from real or personal property. An easement is a classic example of this type of hereditament, since it is the right of one individual to use another's property and can be inherited.


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hereditament XV. — medL. hērēditāmentum, f. late L. hērēditāre, f. hērēs, hērēd- HEIR; see -MENT.
So hereditable XV. — obs. F. or medL. hereditary XVI. — L. heredity inheritance (rare) XVI; heritable character XVIII; (biol.) XIX. — (O)F. or L.