Absolute Interest


Absolute Interest
Total and complete ownership of an asset or property. An individual with an absolute interest has both a legal and beneficial possession of said asset or property. The term "absolute interest" indicates that the owner's interest is not diluted by another party's ownership, nor is it dependent on conditions that must be fulfilled.

An absolute interest in an asset or property gives the owner full entitlement to the benefits and privileges that accrue from such ownership. It is the opposite of a contingent interest, which confers an ownership interest only upon the fulfillment of certain conditions or the occurrence of specific circumstances.


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  • absolute interest — The nature of ownership of a thing objectively and lawfully appropriated by a person to his own use in exclusion of all others. Griffith v Charlotte, C & A R Co., 23 SC 25. In the law of insurance, an absolute interest in property is one which is …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • interest — The most general term that can be employed to denote a right, claim, title, or legal share in something. In its application to real estate or things real, it is frequently used in connection with the terms estate, right, and title. More… …   Black's law dictionary

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  • absolute — Complete; perfect; final; without any condition or incumbrance; as an absolute bond (simplex obligatio) in distinction from a conditional bond. Unconditional; complete and perfect in itself; without relation to or dependence on other things or… …   Black's law dictionary

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  • absolute — Free; unconditional; unrestricted; not dependent upon or appurtenant to something else. Anno: 36 ALR2d 151 (absolute gift to spouse.) The most ordinary signification of the adjective absolute is unrestricted or unconditional. Thus, an absolute… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • interest — A right in, or share of, something. Concern. The compensation allowed by law, or fixed by the parties, for the use, detention, or forbearance of money or its equivalent. 30 Am J Rev ed Int § 2. Compensation payable on a contractual basis or… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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