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1911 Encyclopedia Britannica
(derived through the Fr. from the Lat. laxare, to loosen), a certain form of tenure, or the contract embodying it, of land, houses, &c.; see Landlord And Tenant.
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Chisholm, Hugh, General Editor. Entry for 'Lease'. 1911 Encyclopedia Britanica. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/bri/l/lease.html. 1910.