fee simplefee simple
absolute ownership of real property with unrestricted rights of disposition
Origin of fee simpleAnglo-Fr: see fee and simple
nounpl. fees simple
- An estate in land of which the inheritor has unqualified ownership and power of disposition.
- Private ownership of real estate in which the owner has the right to control, use, and transfer the property at will.
(plural fees simple)
From Old French fief simple
- Alternative spelling of fee simple.
fee simple - Legal Definition
At common law, the broadest possible ownership interest in real estate, inheritable by any heir of the owner.fee simple absolute
A fee simple with no conditions placed upon it and that will endure as long as there are descendants of the original owner to inherit it.fee simple defeasible
A fee simple that is terminable despite the existence of heirs, because of the occurrence of a particular event or condition.fee simple determinable
A fee simple that terminates and reverts to the grantor upon the occurrence of a particular event or condition; commonly a grant of property to be used for charitable purposes and that reverts if no longer used in this way.