Definitions for: Feudalism


[n] the social system that developed in Europe in the 8th C; vassals were protected by lords who they had to serve in war



Webster (1913) Definition: Feu"dal*ism, n. [Cf. F. f['e]odalisme.]
The feudal system; a system by which the holding of estates
in land is made dependent upon an obligation to render
military service to the kind or feudal superior; feudal
principles and usages.

Synonyms: feudal system

See Also: social organisation, social organization, social structure, social system, structure

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