1. A title that indicates a beneficial interest in property and that gives the holder the right to acquire formal legal title. * Before the Statute of Uses (1536), an equitable title was enforceable only in a court of chancery, not of law. Cf. legal title. 
1. A title which is recognized as ownership in equity, whatever cognizance may be taken of it at law, for example, the title of the vendee under a contract for the sale of real estate. 56 Am J1st V & P § 356.
A title which is not a legal title and is enforceable only in a court of equity, except as statutes or modern rules of practice have wiped out the distinction between an action at law, or a suit in equity. A title derived through a valid contract or relation, and based on recognized equitable principles; the right in the party, to whom it belongs, to have the legal title transferred to him. Harris v Mason, 120 Tenn 668, 115 SW 1146; Estate of Folwell, 68 NJ Eq 728, 62 A 414. 
1. Title recognized as ownership in equity, even though it is not legal title or marketable title; title sufficient to give the party to whom it belongs the right to have the legal title transferred to him. EXAMPLE: the title held by a purchaser under a contract for the sale of land. 
beneficial interest – a right or expectancy of value, worth, or use in property one does not own.(i.e a trust or estate) as opposed to legal title; a beneficiary’s interest.
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: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949). Edited by William S. Anderson. © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY. Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931
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