ABATEMENT OF A FREEHOLD
The entry of a
stranger after the death of the
ancestor, and before the heir or devisee
takes possession, by which the
rightful possession of the heir or devisee
is defeated. 3 Bl. 1 Com. 167, Co.
Lit. 277, a, Finch"s Law, 1 195, Arch.
Civ. Pl. 11.
2. By the ancient laws of Normandy, this term was
used to signify the act
of one who, having an apparent right of possession
to an estate, took
possession of it immediately after the death of the
actual possessor, before
the heir entered. Howard, Anciennes Lois des
Frangais, tome 1, p. 539.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
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