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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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STILLICIDE, n. Sc. Law: the right of a householder to allow the rain-water from his roof to drip on his neighbour's premises, the Servitude arising therefrom (Sc. 1806 Morison Decisions 14526). See Eavesdrop. [′stɪlɪsəid]Sc. 1754 Erskine Principles ii. ix.:
No proprietor can build, so as to throw the rain water falling from his own house immediately upon his neighbour's ground without a special servitude which is called, of stillicide.
Sc. 1932 Encycl. Laws Scot. XIII. 511:
A proprietor may acquire the right to build close to his boundary and to throw water from his roof on to his neighbour's ground. This right is known as the servitude of stillicide, or eavesdrop, or easing-drop.

[O.Sc. stillicide, id., 1681, from the Civil Law term stillicidium, a drip, dripping (from the eaves).]

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