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The whole, in contradistinction to a moiety or part only. When land is conveyed to Husband and Wife, they do not take by moieties, but both are seised of the entirety. Parceners, on the other hand, have not an entirety of interest, but each is properly entitled to the whole of a distinct moiety.
The word is also used to designate that which the law considers as one whole, and not capable of being divided into parts. Thus, a judgment, it is held, is an entirety, and, if void as to one of the two defendants, cannot be valid as to the other. Also, if a contract is an entirety, no part of the consideration is due until the whole has been performed.
entiretynoun accumulation, aggregate, all, amount, assemblage, collectiveness, collectivity, completeness, completion, comprehensiveness, congeries, ensemble, ennire amount, entireness, everything, exhaustiveness, gross, gross amount, inclusiveness, indiscerptibility, indiscerptibleness, intactness, lot, lump, mass, sum, total, totality, totalness, undiminished quantity, whole, wholeness
Associated concepts: entirety clause, tenants by the entirety, tenants in common
See also: aggregate, finality, sum, total, totality, whole
ENTIRETY, or, ENTIERTIE. This word denotes the whole, in contradistinction to moiety, which denotes the half part. A husband and wife, when jointly seized of land, are seized by entireties and not "pur mie" as joint tenants are. Jacob's Law Dict.; 4 Kent, 362; 2 Kent, 132; Hartv. Johnson, 3 Penna. Law Journ. 350, 357.