messuage – a dwelling house together with the curtilage, including any outbuildings; all protected by the 4th Amendment’s guarantee against unreasonable search and seizure

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1. A dwelling house together with the curtilage, including any outbuildings. [1]

1. A house.  In some contexts, a dwelling house, with its adjacent buildings, orchard, garden, and curtilage. Gibson v Brockway, 8 NH 465. [2]

1. A dwelling house with its adjacent buildings and curtilage. [3]

1n. [Anglo-French, probably alteration of Old French mesnage dwelling house, ultimately from Latin mansion-, mansio habitation, dwelling, from manēre to remain, sojourn, dwell] : a dwelling house with the adjacent buildings and curtilage and other adjoining lands used in connection with the household. [4]

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curtilage – the land or yard adjoining a house, usually within an enclosure; it is protected by the 4th Amendment’s guarantee against unreasonable warrantless searches.


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: 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

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

[4]: Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law Revised (2011) ISBN 978-0-87779-719-7.

[5]: Barron’s Law Dictionary Third Edition by Steven H. Gifis (1975, 1991). ISBN0-8120-4633-1.


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