In English feudal law, the term freehold signified an estate held by a free man - the highest form of land tenure available at the time to commoners, or those without royal blood. In contemporary common law countries, a freehold estate is an interest in real property that is free of interests held by others and can best be described as full and complete ownership, although certain conditions or limitations may apply. The two kinds of freehold estates are those with a right of inheritance, and those without. Freehold estates with a right of inheritance include estates in fee simple absolute and estates in fee simple defeasible. Freehold estates without a right of inheritance include legal life estates, conventional life estates, and estates pur autre vie.
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