Adjective "feudal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


According to, resembling, or denoting the system of feudalism.
  1. 'Here we see the germ of a practice which later on developed into the European feudal system.'
  2. 'Ferdinand IV also alienated the rural masses by failing to abolish the feudal system and alleviate the tax burden.'
  3. 'This distinction can be traced back to the land tenure system of feudal times.'
  4. 'The feudal system meant that knights had to provide the king with soldiers when the king demanded them.'
  5. 'With the abolition of the feudal system, the superior's right to enforce these restrictions will disappear.'
  6. 'By the end of the ninth century the feudal system had bound together the greater part of the population.'
  7. 'The feudal system is cloistered and I welcomed the change as it gave me a chance to grow emotionally and spiritually.'
  8. 'A similar pattern evolved in countries which were in the Roman empire or were part of the feudal system.'
  9. 'This reliance on the local lord of the manor was all part of the feudal system introduced by William the Conqueror.'
  10. 'The Chamberlain brought in revenue, locally supported by the officials of royal burghs, and feudal barons.'
  11. 'his view of patriotism was more than old-fashioned—it was positively feudal'
  12. 'Why does Lee persist in this feudal and backward way of thinking as soon as he turns to talk about China?'


1. of, relating to, or like the feudal system, or its political, military, social, and economic structure.

2. of or relating to the Middle Ages.

3. of, relating to, or of the nature of a fief or fee: a feudal estate.

4. of or relating to the holding of land in a fief or fee.

More examples(as adjective)

"economies can be feudal for centuries."

"churches can be feudal past vises."

"arms can be feudal with trimmings."

"systems can be feudal."

"societies can be feudal."

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Early 17th century: from medieval Latin feudalis, from feudum (see fee).