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n. Property; possession; tenure. The land or estate held of a superior by service. See also Fee, feodum or feudum


 - n. Reward or compensation for services rendered or to be rendered; especially, payment for professional services, of optional amount, or fixed by custom or laws; charge; pay; perquisite; as, the fees of lawyers and physicians; the fees of office; clerk's fees; sheriff's fees; marriage fees, etc. The royalty paid for the use of a patent or copyright under license.


 - (Feud. Law) A right to the use of a superior's land, as a stipend for services to be performed; also, the land so held; a fief.


 - (Eng. Law) An estate of inheritance supposed to be held either mediately or immediately from the sovereign, and absolutely vested in the owner. All the land in England, except the crown land, is of this kind. An absolute fee, or fee simple, is land which a man holds to himself and his heirs forever, who are called tenants in fee simple. In modern writers, by fee is usually meant fee simple. A limited fee may be a qualified or base fee, which ceases ...

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