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CONVEYANCE

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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 48 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CONVEYANCE, primarily the act or process of conveying anything. The verb " to convey," now used in the senses of carrying, transporting, transmitting, communicating or handing over, originally had the same meaning as " convoy " (q.v.), i.e. to accompany, a meaning which still survived in the 18th century. Like " convoy " it is ultimately derived from the Late Lat. conviare (not from convehere), but through the old Norman French form conveier, which in central France passed into the form convoier, mod. Fr. convoyer, whence " convoy." Apart from the general sense given above the word conveyance is now used in three special senses: (1) a carriage or other means of transport, (2) in law, the transference of property by deed or writing between living persons, and (3) the written instrument by which such transference is effected. (See CONVEYANCING.)
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