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

    Lat. In conveyancing. The clause usually following the granting part of the premises of a deed, which defines the extent of the ownership in the thing granted to be held and enjoyed by the grantee. 3 Wasbb. Real Prop. 437; New York Indians v. U. S., 170 In S. 1, 18 Sup. Ct. 531, 42 L. Ed. 927; Clapp v. Byrnes, 3 App. Diu 284, 38 N. Y. Supp. 1063; Miller v. Graham, 47 S. C. 288, 25 S. E. 165; Hart v. Gardner, 74 Miss. 153, 20 South. 877.
    —Habendum et tenendum. In old conveyancing. To have and to hold. Formal words in deeds of land from a very early period. Bract, fol. 17b.