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VASSAL, feudal law. This was the name given to the holder of a fief, bound to perform feudal service; this word was then always correlative to that of lord, entitled to such service.
     2. The vassal himself might be lord of some other vassal.
     3. In aftertimes, this word was used to signify a species of slave who owed servitude, and was in a state of dependency on a superior lord. 2 Bl. Com. 53; Merl. Repert. h.t.

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52) The one example of a larger sum lent is the recording of a loan of 100 perperi made by Helena, widow of the Greek feudatory Iohannes Sachlichi, to two Latin men from the eastern end of the island.
This is attested in some cases in which the meaning is clearly trusteeship or feudatory designation in the strictest sense.
feudatory (mahasamanta) Manadeva II, took power in his own hands
there was a powerful feudatory called "Manadeva II" because
Occasionally, the rules could not resolve incidents such as the encounter between the Portuguese and the brother of the Feudatory Prince of Fukien on the imperial canals, where it was not clear which party had precedence.
Sometimes even a Prince has Sovereignties in fee, and Sovereigns have voluntarily rendered themselves feudatory to others.
25) Of Pahang, he said: "This state, though nominally feudatory to Johore [did he mean Johor-Riau-Lingga?
182) It was, however, on the question of honour rather than personal safety that Ambassador Manoel de Saldanha was reluctant to take off his sword in the presence of the Celestial Emperor, a safety precaution the Chinese officials from the Board of Ceremonies insisted on following a recent attempt of a Chinese feudatory Oboi to assassinate the Emperor during an audience.
11); (ii) tying the five planets and their associated terrestrial regions to stellar locations; (iii) the regular system of allocating the twenty-eight lunar mansions among the terrestrial polities; (iv) defining the astral correlate of an ancient feudatory as the celestial location of Jupiter at the time of enfeoffment; (v) identifying the celestial correlate of a locality as the asterism to which ancient inhabitants of that place principally offered sacrifice.