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Definition of Estate System

(noun) A stratified system consisting of the clergy, nobility, and commoners; with interlocking legal rights and obligations.

Example of Estate System

Estate System Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ɪˈsteɪt ˈsɪstᵻm/
    • British English
      • /ɪˈsteɪt ˈsɪstᵻm/
  • Syllabification: (es·tate sys·tem)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: estate systems
  • Also called:
    • estate stratification system
    • estate system of stratification
    • feudal system
    • feudalism

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Cite the Definition of Estate System

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “estate system.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 17, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/estate-system/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

estate system. (2017). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/estate-system/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2017. “estate system.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 17, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/estate-system/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“estate system.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2017. Web. 17 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/estate-system/>.