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.

Primary Meanings of easement

1.
n
(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)
2.
n
the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)
Full Definitions of easement
1

n (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)

Types:
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

n the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)

Synonyms:
alleviation, easing, relief
Types:
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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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