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

    Things capable of being inherited, be it corporeal or incorporeal, real, personal or mixed, and including not only lands and everything thereon, but also heir-looms, and certain furniture which, by custom, may descend to the heir together with the land. Co. Litt. 5b; 2 Bl. Comm. 17; Nellis v. Munson, 108 N. Y. 453, 15 N. E. 739; Owens v. Lewis, 46 Ind. 508, 15 Am. Rep. 295; Whitlock v. Greacen, 48 N. J. Eq. 359, 21 Atl. 944; Mitchell v. Warner, 5 Conn. 497; New York v. Mabie, 13 N. Y. 159, 64 Am. Dee, 538. The term includes a few rights unconnected with land, but it is generally used as the widest expression for real property of nil kinds, and is therefore employed in conveyances after the words "lands" and "tenements," to include everything of the nature of realty which they do not cover. Sweet.
    —Corporeal hereditaments. Substantial permanent objects which may be inherited. The term "land" will include all such. 2 Bl. Comm. 17; Whitlock v. Greacen, 48 N. J. Eq. 859, 21 Atl. 944; Cary v. Daniels, 5 Mete. (Mass.) 236; Gibbs v. Drew, 16 Fla. 147, 26 Am. Ren. 700.
    —Incorporeal hereditaments. Anything, the subject of property, which is inheritable and not tangible or visible. 2 Woodd. Leet. 4. A right issuing out of a thing corporate (whether real or personal) or concerning or annexed to or exercisable within the same. 2 Bl. Comm. 20; 1 Washb. Real Prop. 10; Hegan v. Pendennis Club (Ky.) 64 S. W. 465; Whitlock v. Greacen, 48 N. J. Eq. 359, 21 Atl. 944; Stone v. Stone, 1 R. I. 428.