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n. pl. fees simple
1. An estate in land of which the inheritor has unqualified ownership and power of disposition.
2. Private ownership of real estate in which the owner has the right to control, use, and transfer the property at will.
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(Law) property law an absolute interest in land over which the holder has complete freedom of disposition during his life. Compare fee tail
[C15: from Anglo-French: fee (or fief) simple]
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n., v. feed, fee•ing. n.
1. a sum charged or paid, as for professional services or for a privilege: a doctor's fee; an admission fee.
a. an estate of inheritance, either without limitation to a particular class of heirs (fee simple) or limited to one particular class of heirs (fee tail).
b. (in the Middle Ages) estate lands held of a feudal lord in return for services performed.
c. a territory held in fee.
3. a gratuity; tip.v.t.
4. to give a gratuity to; tip.
5. Chiefly Scot. to hire; employ.Idioms:
in fee, in full ownership: an estate held in fee.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French; Old French fie, variant of fief fief]
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