Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    An encumbered inheritance.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In the civil law. A losing inheritance; an inheritance that was a charge, instead of a benefit. Dig. 50, 16, 119. The term has also been applied to that species of property of a bankrupt which, so far from being valuable, would be a charge to the creditors; for example, a term of years where the rent would excoed the revenue. 7 East, 342 ; 3 Camp. 340; 1 Esp. N. P. 234 ; Provident In & Trust Co., v. Fidelity, etc., Co., 203 Pa. 82, 52 Atl. 34.