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Definition of Feudalism

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political and social system of medieval Europe in which vassals were protected by lords whom they served in times of war
Feudalism Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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The feudal system.
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Noun
1. the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th C; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war
(synonym) feudal system
(hypernym) social organization, social organisation, social structure, social system, structure
Feudalism Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
National Standards for Civics and Government
Political and economic system in which a king or queen shared power with the nobility who required services from the common people in return for allowing them to use the noble's land.
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a political and economic system under which land was granted by a landowner to a person in exchange for military service or other duties.
Feudalism Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Feudalism was a set of legal and military customs in medieval Europe that flourished between the 9th and 15th centuries. Broadly defined, it was a system for structuring society around relationships derived from the holding of land in exchange for service or labour.

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Feudalism Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
FEUDAL LAW - By this phrase is understood a political system which placed men and estates under hierarchical and multiplied distinctions of lords and vassals. The principal features of this system were:
    The right to all lands was vested in the sovereign. These were, parcelled out among the great men of the nation by its chief, to be held of him, so that the king had the Dominum directum and the grantee or vassal, had what was called Dominum utile. It was a maxim nulle terre sans seigneur. These tenants were bound to perform services to the king, generally of a military character. These great lords again granted parts of the lands they thus acquired, to other inferior vassals, who held under them and were bound to perform services to the lord.

In the U.S. the feudal law never was in its full vigor, though some of its principles are still retained. It was said, 'Those principles are so interwoven with every part of our jurisprudence, that to attempt to eradicate them would be to destroy the whole. They are massy stones worked into the foundation of our legal edifice. Most of the inconveniences attending them, have been removed and the few that remain can be easily removed, by acts of the legislature.'

FEUDALISM - The relations and interdependence between lord and vassal, based on the fief, or ownership of land.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
Courtesy of the 'Lectric Law Library.
Feudalism Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Social Work in Canada
A system of economic and social organization founded on a web of military obligations between powerful overlords and their vassals. Vassals, who were usually landlords of knightly rank, owed duties of military service in return for grants of land (fiefs) from the overlord.  The serfs were required to work the central manorial farm and to provide the lord with produce and money payments in return for their own rights to land use. The lord was obligated to provide for the peasants social welfare, however minimal that may have been. Landowners had an obligation to ensure that everyone on their land had food and shelter. This meant that people lived on the land and were supported by the produce of the land.