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1. The sublease of a portion of a feudal estate by a vassal to a subtenant who pays fealty to the vassal.
2. The lands so leased.
sub′in·feu′da·to′ry (-fyo͞o′də-tôr′ē) adj.
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1. (Historical Terms) (in feudal society) the granting of land by a vassal to another man who became his vassal
2. (Historical Terms) the tenure or relationship so established
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