Attornment, (Attornamentum, from the French Tourner) Signifies the Tenant's Acknowledgment of a new Lord, on the Sale of Lands, &c. As where there is Tenant for Life, and he in Reversion grants his Right to anoterh; it is necessary for the Tenant for Life agree thereto, which is called Attornment. It gives no Interest, but only perfects the Grant of another: And Tenant in Tail is not compellable to attorn, on the Reversion being granted; he having an Estate of Inheritance.

Source: Jacob, Giles. A New Law-Dictionary: containing the Interpretation and Definition of Words and Terms used in the Law. 8th ed. London: H. Woodfall and W. Strahan, 1762.

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