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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 supplement.
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ASSEDATION(E), n. “A lease, a term still commonly used in our legal deeds; the act of letting in lease” (Jam.2).Sc. 1807 Bell's Dict. Law Scot. (1890) 71:
Assedation is an old law term, used indiscriminately to signify a lease or feu-right.
Sc. 1932 A.C.M.:
In Scottish legal terminology used as a synonym for lease or tack. Although falling into disuse it is still found in modern leases, as in the phrase: “hereby sets and in tack and assedation lets.”
Mearns 1730 Baron Court Bk. of Urie (1892) 142:
The said A — — G — — is expressly bound in his assedation . . . to defend his ground from the incursions of the water of Cowie.
Ags. 1721 Private Document (per Fif.1):
In tack and assedatione letts to the said James E — —.

[First appearance in O.Sc. c.1454. Latest quot. in N.E.D. is 1651. Now obs. in St.Eng. Med.Lat. assidatio from Med.Lat. assidāre, to assign, from Lat. ad + sēdāre, to settle, from same root as Lat. sedēre, to sit.]

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