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feudalism


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Feudalism  \Feu"dal*ism\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  f['e]odalisme.] 
  The  feudal  system;  a  system  by  which  the  holding  of  estates 
  in  land  is  made  dependent  upon  an  obligation  to  render 
  military  service  to  the  kind  or  feudal  superior;  feudal 
  principles  and  usages. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  feudalism 
  n  :  the  social  system  that  developed  in  Europe  in  the  8th  C; 
  vassals  were  protected  by  lords  who  they  had  to  serve  in 
  war  [syn:  {feudal  system}] 




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