fee

feeless, adj.
/fee/, n., v., feed, feeing.
n.
1. a charge or payment for professional services: a doctor's fee.
2. a sum paid or charged for a privilege: an admission fee.
3. a charge allowed by law for the service of a public officer.
4. Law.
a. an estate of inheritance in land, either absolute and without limitation to any particular class of heirs (fee simple) or limited to a particular class of heirs (fee tail).
b. an inheritable estate in land held of a feudal lord on condition of the performing of certain services.
c. a territory held in fee.
5. a gratuity; tip.
v.t.
6. to give a fee to.
7. Chiefly Scot. to hire; employ.
[1250-1300; ME < AF; OF fie, var. of fief FIEF. See FEUDAL]
Syn. 1. stipend, salary, emolument; honorarium.

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In law, an inheritable freehold estate in real property (see real and personal property).

The word derives from fief, as used in feudal law. Modern property law includes several varieties of fee, including fee simple (alienable and of indefinite duration), fee tail (granted to an individual and his or her descendants but subject to reversion if a tenant dies with no descendants), and life fee or life estate (held only during the lifetime of the grantee).

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also called  Fee Simple,  

      in modern common law, an estate of inheritance (land or other realty) over which a person has absolute ownership. The owner may put it virtually to any use—sell it, give it away, rent or lease it, mortgage it, or bequeath it. Originally, in feudal times, a fee was not so absolute. Its meaning was equivalent to that of fief or feud; that is, land or other benefices held by a superior lord but granted to a man and his heirs on condition that services be rendered in return.

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