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ex•tent



Pronunciation: (ik-stent'), [key]
n.
1. the space or degree to which a thing extends; length, area, volume, or scope: the extent of his lands; to be right to a certain extent.
2. something extended, as a space; a particular length, area, or volume; something having extension: the limitless extent of the skies.
3. U.S. Law.a writ, or a levy, by which a debtor's lands are valued and transferred to the creditor, absolutely or for a term of years.
4. Eng. Law.
a. Also called writ of extent. a writ to recover debts of a record due to the crown, under which land, property, etc., may be seized.
b. a seizure made under such a writ.
5. Logic.extension (def. 12).
6. Archaic.assessment or valuation, as of land.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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