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Free; not subject to the rights of any lord or superior; owned without obligation of vassalage or fealty; the opposite of feudal.

A description given to the outright ownership of land that did not impose upon its owner the performance of feudal duties.



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(7) The OED notes that Allodium was "occasionally englished as Al(l)od, Al (l)ody," but the first citation s.v.
In Osborn's Concise Law Dictionary, allodium is described as 'Lands not held of any superior, in which, therefore, the owner had an absolute title and not a mere estate' (Osborn 1964: 23).