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

    A conveyance; an admission of truth; a conveyance by deed, especially by the government. See 50 La. Ann. 880, 24 South. 666.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A generic term applicable to all transfers of real property. 3 Washb. Real Prop. 181, 353. A transfer by deed of that which caimot be passed by livery. Williams, Real Prop. 147, 149; Jordan v. Indianapolis Water Co., 159 Ind. 337, 64 N. E. 680. An act evidenced by letters patent under the great seal, granting something from the king to a subject. Cruise, Dig. tit 33, 34; Downs v. United States, 113 Fed. 147, 6l C. a A. 100. A technical term made use of in deeds of conveyance of lands to import a transfer. 3 Washb. Real Prop. 378-380. Though the word "grant" was originally made use of, in treating of conveyances of interests in lands, to denote a transfer by deed of that which could not be passed by livery, and, of course, was applied only to incorporeal hereditaments, it has now become a generic term, applicable to the transfer of all classes of real property. 3 Washb. Real Prop. 181. As distinguished from a mere license, a grant passes some estate or interest, corporeal or incorporeal, in the lands which it embraces ; can only be made by an instrument in writing, under seal; and is irrevocable, when made, unless an express power of revocation is reserved. A license is a mere authority ; passes no estate or interest whatever; may be made by parol; is revocable at will; and, when revoked, the protection which it gave ceases to exist. Jamieson v. Millemann, 3 Duer (N. Y.) 255, 258. The term "grant," in Scotland, is used in reference
    (1) to original dispositions of land, as when a lord makes grants of land among tenants;
    (2) to gratuitous deeds. Paterson. In such case, the superior or donor is said to grant the deed; an expression totally unknown in English law. Mozley & Whitley. By the word "grant," in a treaty, is meant not only a formal grant, but any concession,' warrant, order, or permission to survey, possess, or settle, whether written or parol, express, or presumed from possession. Such a grant may be made by law, as well as by a patent pursuant to a law. Strother v. Lucas, 12 Pet. 436, 9 L Ed. 1137. And see Bryan v. Kennett, 113 U. S. 179, 5 Sun. Ch 413, 28 L. Ed. 908; Hastings v. Turnpike Co., 9 Pick. (Mass.) 80; Dudley v. Sumner, 5 Mass. 470.
    —Grant, bargain, and sell. Operative words in conveyances of real estate. See Muller v. Boggs, 25 Cal. 187; Hawk v. McCullough, 21 111. 221; Ake v. Mason, 107 Pa. 20.
    —Grant and to freight let. Operative words in a charter party, implying the placing of the vessel at the disposition of the charterer for the purposes of the intended voyage, and generally transferring the possession. See Christie v. Lewis, 2 Brod. & B. 441.
    —Grant of personal property. A method of transferring personal property, distinguished from a gift by being always founded on some consideration or equivalent. 2 Bl. Comm. 440, 441. Its proper legal designation is an "assignment," or "bargain and sale." 2 Steph. Comm. 102.
    —Grant to nses. The common grant with uses superadd-ed, which has become the favorite mode of transferring realty in England. Wharton.
    —Private land grant. A grant by a public authority vesting title to public land in a private (natural) person. United Land Ass'n v. Knight, 85 Cai. 448, 24 Pac. 818.
    —Public grant. A grant from the public ; a grant of a power, license, privilege, or property, from the state or government to one or more individuals, contained in or shown by a record, conveyance, patent, charter, etc.