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Allodium, Alodium or Allodial title is a legal term for lands which are the absolute property of their owner, and not subject to any service or acknowledgment to a superior. It is thus the opposite of fe-odum or fief. The proper derivation of the word has been much discussed and is still doubtful, though it is probably compounded of all, meaning whole or entire, and odh, property. Allodial tenure seems to have been common throughout northern Europe.