The giving possession or seisin.

The word “investiture” is also often applied to a ceremonial introduction to some office or dignity.

A ceremony which accompanied the grant of lands in the feudal ages, and consisted in the open and notorious delivery of possession in the presence of the other vassals, which perpetuated among them the wra of their new acquisition at the time when the art of writing was very little known; and thus the evidence of the property was reposed in the memory of the neighborhood, who, in case of disputed title, were afterwards called upon to decide upon it.

In ecclesiastical law. Investiture is one of the formalities by which the electlou of a bishop is confirmed by the archbishop.

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