easement

An easement is the right to use someone else's land. If you come home to find your neighbors having a party in your backyard, perhaps they have an easement to use it — although most likely they’re just rude.

If someone has an easement on your land, they have a right to use or cross your land without your permission. For example, there may be a plot of land the military needs to move troops across. With an easement, the military can cross this land legally, even though the owner may not like it. Evidently, this practice has been going on for centuries; scholars think this word has been in use since the 1400s.

Definitions of easement
  1. noun
    (law) the privilege of using something that is not your own (as using another's land as a right of way to your own land)
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    public easement
    any easement enjoyed by the public in general (as the public's right to use public streets)
    right of way
    the privilege of someone to pass over land belonging to someone else
    type of:
    exclusive right, perquisite, prerogative, privilege
    a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group (especially a hereditary or official right)
  2. noun
    the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)
    synonyms: alleviation, easing, relief
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    spasmolysis
    the relaxation or relief of muscle spasms
    detente
    the easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations)
    palliation
    easing the severity of a pain or a disease without removing the cause
    liberalisation, liberalization, relaxation
    the act of making less strict
    decompressing, decompression
    relieving pressure (especially bringing a compressed person gradually back to atmospheric pressure)
    type of:
    decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down
    the act of decreasing or reducing something
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