Severalty Law and Legal Definition

Severalty is a broad sense refers to the state of being separate and distinct.

Severalty, in the context of property law, refers to the individual or sole ownership of real property. It is an estate in property ownership in which a tenant holds property in his own right, without being joined in interest with any other person. It is distinguished from joint tenancy, coparcenary, and common tenancy. In a real action if brought against several persons, they may plead several tenancy in answer, meaning that they hold in severalty and not jointly.