determinable estate – an estate that is defeasible (capable of being cancelled) by operation of a special limitation

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determinable estate:

1. An estate that is defeasible by operation of a special limitation.— aka determinable freehold. [1]

adj. (16c)

1. (Of an act, right, agreement, or position) capable of being annulled or avoided <defeasible deed>.  See fee simple defeasible.  defeasibilityn. [1]


1. That which may be determined, found out, definitely decided upon, or settled; as the date of an instrument which, to be negotiable, must, under the Negotiable Instruments Law, be payable at a “determinable” future time. McCormick & Co. v Gem State Oil & Products Co. 38 Idaho 470, 222 P 286, 34 ALR 867, 872. [2]

1. That which is capable of ending or being being brought to an end in the future, although its happening and the time of the happening are uncertain.  EXAMPLES: a determinable fee. [3]


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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.


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