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ADDITION

addition. 1. A structure that is attached to or connected with another building that predates the

structure; an extension or annex. • Although some courts have held that an addition is merely an

appurtenant structure that might not actually be in physical contact with the other building, most

courts  hold  that  there  must be  physical  contact.  2.  A  title  or  appellation  appended  to  a  person’s

name to show rank, occupation, or place of residence. • In English law, there are traditionally four

kinds of additions: (1) those of estate, such as yeoman, gentleman, or esquire; (2) those of degree

(or dignity), such as knight, baron, earl, marquis, or duke; (3) those of trade or occupation, such as

scrivener, painter, mason, or carpenter; and (4) those of place of residence, such as London, Bath,

or Chester. It was formerly required by the statute of additions (1 Hen. 5, ch. 5) that original writs

and indictments state a person’s addition, but the practice has long since been abolished. [Blacks Law 8th]