deed

Definitions

General English

  • noun an act, especially a brave one

Accounting

Construction

  • A legal document giving an individual rights or ownership to a property.
  • A document that forms part of a contract and which, when signed by both parties, legally commits the contractor to perform the work according to the contract documents, and commits the client to pay for the work.

Law

  • noun a legal document which has been signed and delivered by the person making it in the presence of two witnesses

Real Estate

  • noun a signed document that outlines the terms of an agreement, especially one that details a change in ownership of property

Origin & History of “deed”

Etymologically, a deed is ‘that which is done’. An ancient word, it can be traced back as far as a hypothetical *dhētis, a noun derived from *dhē-, *dhō- ‘place, put’, the Indo-European base from which do comes. this passed into Germanic as *dǣdiz, which produced German tat, Dutch daad, and Swedish dåad as well as English deed. The word’s application to a legal document is a 14th-century development.
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