An estate for life or in fee. Intermountain Realty Co. v. Allen, 60 Idaho 228, 90 P.2d 704, 706.
@ freehold estate
A freehold estate is a right of title to land. Cohn v. Litwin, 311 Ill.App. 55, 35 N.E.2d 410, 413. An estate in land or other real property, of uncertain duration; that is, either of inheritance or which may possibly last for the life of the tenant at the least (as distinguished from a leasehold); and held by a free tenure (as distinguished from copyhold or villeinage). An estate to be a freehold must possess these two qualities:
(1) Immobility, that is, the property must be either land or some interest issuing out of or annexed to land; and
(2) indeterminate duration, for, if the utmost period of time to which an estate can endure be fixed and determined, it cannot be a freehold.
Freehold in deed is the real possession of land or tenements in fee, fee-tail, or for life.
Freehold in law is the right to such tenements before entry. The term has also been applied to those offices which a man holds in fee or for life.
@ determinable freeholds
freehold are estates for life, which may determine upon future contingencies before the life for which they are created expires, as if an estate be granted to a woman during her widowhood, or to a man until he be promoted to a benefice. In these and similar cases, whenever the contingency happens,-when the widow marries, or when the grantee obtains the benefice,-the respective estates are absolutely determined and gone. Yet, while they subsist, they are reckoned estates for life; because they may by possibility last for life, if the contingencies upon which they are to determine do not sooner happen. 2 Bl.Comm. 121. Freehold in law is a freehold which has descended to a man, upon which he may enter at pleasure, but which he has not entered on

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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