Title to real property that is free of encumbrances and obligations, including taxation. It denotes absolute or supreme ownership. Strictly defined, allodial title is not subject to county, state, or federal codes, ordinances, or zoning regulations ("police power"), nor can it be taken through legal or regulatory means ("inalienable"). In practical use, title in the United States is often said to be allodial (as opposed to feudal), even though it does not meet all of the qualifications listed above.
Added: Sat Jul 15 2006
Last Modified: Wed Jul 16 2008